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July 18, 2018

Four CH and BIC Majors Receive Summer Research Fellowships

Photo: student working in labFour Chemistry and Biochemistry majors are among the 2018 recipients of the UO’s Vice President for Research and Innovation summer research fellowships. The awards are designed to support the university’s undergraduate scholars as they pursue their research interests during the summer. Read more in AroundtheO


Casey Bisted

Major: Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: James Hutchison
Project Title: The Study of sub 10nm indium oxide nanocrystals as carbon dioxide reduction catalysts


Anson Dang

Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Andy Marcus
Project Title: Investigating the single-stranded (ss)DNA binding protein (gp32) dimer formation on a 15-nucleotide ssDNA lattice using microsecond resolution single-molecule florescence resonance energy transfer (smFRET)r


Patrick Connor

Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Michael Harms
Project Title: Evolution in the Protein Calprotectin


Nikki Szczepanski

Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Diana Libuda
Project Title: Determining the Early DNA Break Repair Dynamics Specific to Crossovers

July 16, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Michael Nellist, July 23rd

Photo: Michael NellistGood luck to Michael Nellist as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Monday, July 23, 2018
3:30 PM in 110 Willamette

The title of his thesis is “Nanoelectrode AFM probes enable the in-operando measurement of surface potentials during oxygen evolution catalysis”

July 5, 2018

Ramesh Jasti and Michael Pluth among the First Recipients of New UO-OHSU Seed Funding

Photo: Ramesh Jasti and Michael Pluth

From AroundtheO:

Collaborative research teams examining everything from healthcare-associated infections to carbon nanotubes have been awarded funding to jump-start research projects as part of the 2018 OHSU-UO Collaborative Seed Grant program.

Ten teams were chosen as part of the program, which creates new collaborations between researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Oregon.

Ramesh Jasti‘s team will examine how nanohoops can be used for multiplexed Biological imaging, and Michael Pluth will be part of the Oregon Translational Chemical Biology working group.

Read the full article here

 

 

July 3, 2018

Alumna Lisa Wilson, Class of ’81, in the News

From The World News, June 26, 2018:

Another Batch Of U.S. Scholars Arrived In Liberia To Conduct Training For Teachers And Students

The I-HELP Liberia delegation from the United States arrived in Liberia to series of teachers and students training workshops aimed at improving the skills Liberian teachers and students learning skills.

According to a dispatch from the US, while in the country they will conduct two teacher training workshops, a junior high school workshop, and will also oversee STEM competitions in two locations. The first teacher training workshop is in Sacelepea from June 26th – June 30th. The second is at Paynesville High School from July 2nd through July 6th.

One of the visiting scholars, Lisa Wilson is a practicing patent attorney and works with inventors of biotech and pharmaceutical products to help them obtain patents on an enormous variety of scientific innovations benefitting health, medicine and agriculture.

Lisa began her scientific career with a BA in Chemistry and German from the University of Oregon, gained extensive laboratory experience while studying abroad at the Universitat Konstanz, Germany, and earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, focusing on the proteins involved in driving the bacterial flagellar motor.

Read the full article at bit.ly/2KKlsFp

Researchers find, and possibly fix, toxicity in nanomaterials

Looking more extensively, they found that a new automated delivery system, meant to speed the mixing of products for testing in the fish, created a synergistic, or multiplying, effect that triggered the toxicity.

The method used to analyze what was happening, it turns out, could provide a solution that could keep the nanotechnology field moving forward, said study co-author Jim Hutchison of the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Read full article here

July 2, 2018

Julie Haack and Jim Hutchison Receive Sustainability Awards

Photo: Julie Haack and Jim HutchisonBeginning in 2015, the University of Oregon launched the Sustainability Award Program to recognize individuals whose contributions deepen our culture of sustainability across a range of institutional activities.

The 2018 Sustainability Award recipients were announced at an awards ceremony on May 30th, 2018. Two Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty members were among the award recipients.

 

Julie Haack was presented with the Excellence in Teaching Award. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Teaching Engagement Program, this award recognizes faculty who have developed pedagogy and curriculum which reinforce and advance principles of sustainability through course design and instruction. Dr. Haack was selected for her national leadership in the teaching of green chemistry, her multidisciplinary partnerships across UO’s schools and colleges, and for developing courses and workshops with a focus on green chemistry and life cycle thinking, including the UO’s Sustainable Invention Immersion Week

Jim Hutchison received the Research Innovation Award, which is sponsored by the Associate Vice President for Innovation.  This award recognizes University of Oregon projects whose innovations were developed in the course of UO research and are now offered as commercially available products or services that improve sustainability. DeFUNKify laundry products, which were developed as a result of research discoveries made in the Hutchison Lab, exemplify this type of innovation. Professor Hutchison also founded the first center for green nanoscience, the Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative (SNNI). The goals of  SNNI are to develop new nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing approaches that offer a high level of performance, yet pose minimal harm to human health or the environment.

To learn more about the UO Sustainability Award Program, visit bit.ly/2K3habY or read about the 2018 awards in AroundtheO

 

June 22, 2018

Organic/Inorganic Seminar – AJ Boydston, June 29th

June 20, 2018

Ramesh Jasti and Ken Prehoda chosen for Faculty Excellence Awards

Photo: Ramesh Jasti & Ken PrehodaChemistry and Biochemistry’s Ramesh Jasti and Ken Prehoda are among fifteen faculty members selected for the prestigious University of Oregon Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards.

The Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards was established in 2006 through the support of Lorry Lokey and is designed to recognize, reward and retain nationally competitive faculty members who have a record of excellence in research, scholarship, creative accomplishment and education. The awards provide faculty members with a $20,000 salary supplement or $30,000 for research support.

Read more in AroundtheO

June 14, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Zach Sailer, June 19th

June 7, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Lisa Enman, June 13th

Good luck to Lisa Enman as she defends her thesis for her PhD in Chemistry!

Wednesday, June 14, 2018
2 PM in 220 Deschutes Hall

The title of her dissertation is “STRUCTURE-PROPERTY RELATIONSHIPS IN MIXED-METAL OXIDES AND (OXY)HYDROXIDES FOR ENERGY APPLICATIONS”

 

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