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January 26, 2018

Paper by Julie Haack Receives Responsible Research in Management Award

Photo: Julie Haack & Erlenmayer FlaskUO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Julie Haack has co-authored a paper that has been selected for a Responsible Research in Management Award.

The award, sponsored by the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management and the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR), honors works that  focus on important issues for business and society with rigorous research methods and credible results.

The paper, titled “If Chemists Don’t Do It, Who Is Going To?” Peer-driven Occupational Change and the Emergence of Green Chemistrywas published in Administrative Science Quarterly. Dr. Haack’s co-authors were Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Andrew J. Nelson, Andrew G. Earle, Julie A. Haack and Douglas M. Young.

January 18, 2018

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty in the News!

Photo: David TylerDavid Tyler is quoted in an article on the paper vs. plastic debate in an article for Scholastic Choices, a health and life-skills magazine for teens.






Photo: Geri Richmond Geri Richmond is quoted in an article in the Oman Observer about key economic and environmental challenges facing the Sultanate. Richmond is a member of the International Advisory Board  for Oman’s Research Council.

She also contributes to an article on the waning of U.S. dominance  in science and engineering in Chemical and Engineering News and a National Science Foundation news release about the state of US science and engineering.

January 17, 2018

Geri Richmond Chosen to Lead Sigma Xi Honor Society

UO chemist Geri Richmond has been elected to take on a three-year leadership role in Sigma Xi, the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers.

Read more in AroundtheO

January 10, 2018

Two Projects in the DeRose Lab Shed New Light on a Cancer Drug

Images: Vickie DeRose & art by Kory Plakos (Platinum drug attached to yeast ribosome RNA)One of the most widely used drugs to fight cancer could become more effective and safer, based on findings emerging from the lab of UO chemist Vickie DeRose.

In two recently published papers, separate projects using different approaches and led by two of DeRose’s doctoral students have made new predictions for where the platinum-carrying drug cisplatin binds in cells.

Read more about the DeRose Lab’s research and its implications for cancer treatment in AroundtheO

November 30, 2017

Video Features New Faculty Christopher Hendon


Read more about Prof. Hendon and his research in AroundtheO’s article: Dr. Coffee


November 27, 2017

Julie Haack Named AAAS Fellow

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Assistant Department Head and Sr. Instructor Julie Haack is among six UO faculty members recently named as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  The honor recognizes Dr. Haack for her “distinguished contributions to green chemistry education, particularly for building the capacity of educators to connect design and innovation to the science of sustainability.”

Read more in AroundtheO

November 22, 2017

In Memoriam – Professor Emeritus David Herrick, 1947-2017

Photo - David HerrickUO Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Emeritus David Herrick passed away November 15, 2017.

David joined the department in 1975 and served as department head from 1987-1993, before retiring in 2012. He was a dedicated instructor, and taught General Chemistry for most of his years with the department. David enjoyed teaching, and tried to make a tough class fun for his students. His research focused on theoretical chemistry and chemical physics, with emphasis on novel approaches to issues involving atomic and molecular structure. He was a member of the UO Institute of Theoretical Science.

David enjoyed playing the piano at various university events, and will be remembered as an integral part of the department’s annual Holiday Dinner, providing us with seasonal music on piano for nearly 40 years.

David’s obituary can be found in the Register Guard

November 6, 2017

Surprise Result from Harms Lab Experiment May Help Explain a Protein Puzzle

This illustration shows predicted evolutionary routes for different proteins. Blue paths are falsely predicted as accessible, red paths are falsely predicted as inaccessible.Using computer simulations, UO Biochemist Mike Harms and graduate researcher Zach Sailer thought that they could manipulate a protein one mutation at a time and predict its evolution. They failed, but the team harvested information that may be useful for understanding problems such as antibiotic resistance.

Read the full article in AroundtheO

November 3, 2017

1st Annual Sustainable Invention Immersion Week

The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact may not have broken ground yet, but its impact got a jump start by sponsoring five, $500 Knight Campus Student Innovation Fellowships for underrepresented students in STEM disciplines who participated in the Sustainable Invention workshop that kicked off the 2017-18 academic year.

The week-long workshop, titled Sustainable Invention Immersion Week, took place September 10-15th at 942 Olive Street, the UO’s innovation hub in downtown Eugene. Participating students had the opportunity to learn from experts in design, business, chemistry and communication as they worked in interdisciplinary teams to create their own green product over the course of the event. The teams then pitched their product ideas to win funding to move their idea forward. Awards were given for the top four product ideas.

The five Innovation Fellowship recipients were Genevieve Dorrell (undergrad, biochemistry), Carl Hartzell (post bac, physics), Ruth Maust (graduate student, chemistry), Makenna Pennel (undergrad, chemistry, honors college) and Pallavi Webb (undergrad, CIS). The fellowship funds could be used to offset academic expenses such as tuition, books, school supplies and travel to scientific meetings.

Photo Julie Haack

Julie Haack

The workshop was organized by professor Julie Haack, the assistant department head of the UO’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Kate Harmon, the undergraduate program manager and management instructor at the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship.  Their goal is for Sustainable Invention Immersion Week to become an annual event, with a changing theme that will be tied to what’s happening at the Knight Campus.

Read more in AroundtheO or visit the event website:

October 26, 2017

Christopher Hendon Profiled in Oregon Quarterly

Christopher Hendon in his laboratoryThe first of three new faculty hires for the UO’s Energy and Sustainable Materials Initiative, Christopher Hendon searches for innovative answers to vexing energy problems and cheaper, greener ways to make batteries, solar cells, and other products.

Ready more about the newest member of the UO Chemistry and Biochemsitry faculty in Oregon Quarterly.

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