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NASA turns to BYU for critical Mars research ahead of human missions

June 19, 2019 09:01 AM
A multidisciplinary team of BYU chemistry and engineering researchers has been tasked by NASA to develop a system to measure the size and electrical charge of Mars dust — a detail seemingly innocuous, yet critical to the success of human missions to the Red Planet.
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One PhD Candidate’s Path to BYU

June 12, 2019 10:05 AM
PhD candidate Ashari Kannangara came to BYU from Sri Lanka to study how to make chemotherapy more effective. “I have seen a lot of people go through the pain of cancer,” she said. One of those was her uncle, who battled bladder cancer for several years. She witnessed not only her uncle’s suffering, but also how “their family went through this miserable pain.”
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Dr. David Dearden Reappointed as Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

May 31, 2019 10:10 AM
Dean Gus Hart of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences has reappointed David Dearden as chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. He will serve in the position for another three years.
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BYU’s Milton Lee Earns Two Acclaimed Chemistry Awards

April 26, 2019 11:19 AM
Brigham Young University’s emeritus chemistry professor, Milton Lee, was awarded the American Chemical Society National Award in Analytical Chemistry on April 2, 2019. Recently retired, Lee has published nearly 600 articles and given over 500 presentations throughout his career, which cumulatively represent enormous advancements in the field.
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Chemistry Department to Celebrate 150 years of the Periodic Table With New Periodic Tables in the Benson Science Building

February 12, 2019 11:43 AM
Chemistry department to celebrate 150 years of the periodic table with new periodic tables in the Benson Science Building
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Radical SAMs, Microscopic Lassos, Protein Dynamite—on the Wild Frontier of Enzyme Engineering

November 28, 2018 11:55 AM
If you’ve been on a prescription medication, you might have wondered why prescription drugs are so expensive.
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Speed Diagnosis for Sepsis

October 25, 2018 01:47 PM
The current methods for detecting bacterial infection in the blood and whether those bacteria are resistant to common antibiotics can sometimes take an entire day—which is more time than a patient with sepsis can afford.
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Daniel Austin Receives International Mass Spectrometry Award

September 19, 2018 02:52 PM
Chemistry professor Daniel Austin recently received a prestigious international award for his developments in mass spectrometry. Click here to read more.
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Scorpions: What’s not to Love?

September 13, 2018 04:58 PM
For chemistry professor Jeffrey Macedone, studying scorpions “turned this hairy, creepy little creature into a thing of beauty made by a Creator.” BYU Magazine’s new YouTube series, “A Thing of Beauty,” features BYU professors and personalities sharing something they consider beautiful. Click here to watch the video of BYU chemistry professor Jeffrey Macedone as he shares the beauty of scorpions.
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Chevron Phillips Chemical teams up with BYU researchers to speed up catalyst development

May 08, 2018 12:52 PM
Chemical companies are currently racing to develop new catalysts that efficiently produce key commodity chemicals used in the manufacture of plastics. Dr. Daniel Ess and his graduate students developed a computer model to identify new catalysts. Read more about it at BYU News.
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Izatt Christensen Lecture Energy: Changing for the Better

January 18, 2018 12:49 PM
Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr spoke at the 10th Annual Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen lecture on October 19, 2017. His topic was “The Global Energy Transformation: Where Do We Stand?”
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Education in Zion Gallery Puts ‘Famous Mormon Scientists’ on Display

October 31, 2017 11:21 AM
Did you know the first female state senator in the United States was a Mormon suffragist doctor who ran against her polygamist husband for a legislative seat? As a Utah senator, Martha Hughes Cannon used her scientific and medical background to author early sanitation laws and found the State Board of Health.
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Helping Young Chemists See Themselves—and Their Cells—in the Lab

October 17, 2017 11:32 AM
The 13- and 14-year-olds at Biochem Camp, a new camp for young scientists put on by the Chemistry Department, got to see something new during their three days of experiments: the chemicals in their own bodies.
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Chemistry Rocks! October 23-28 marks National Chemistry week

October 12, 2017 11:35 AM
While chemistry is important every day of the year, October 23-28 marks National Chemistry Week. The theme for this year’s National Chemistry Week is “Chemistry Rocks!” and will be celebrated across campus with events put on by the Central Utah section of the American Chemical Society.
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Prom and Pumping Iron Makes Biochemical Research Look Like High School

October 10, 2017 11:37 AM
Managing iron in the body is a lot like chaperoning a high school dance, according to Dr. Richard Watt.
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Personal Progress to PhD and Beyond

October 05, 2017 12:08 PM
Dr. Pam Van Ry carries pictures of children in her wallet. The thing is, the kids aren’t hers.
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Professors 3D-print First Truly Microfluidic “Lab on a Chip” Device

August 09, 2017 09:44 AM
Researchers at BYU are the first to 3D-print a viable microfluidic device small enough to be effective at a scale much less than 100 micrometers. Microfluidic devices are tiny chips that can sort out disease biomarkers, cells and other small structures in samples like blood by using microscopic channels incorporated into the devices.
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BYU Alum Fights Brain Cancer One Cell at a Time

June 26, 2017 01:08 PM
He didn’t know the first thing about research when he was a freshman at BYU. Now, Dr. Bob Carter oversees brain tumor research at a university hospital and makes strides in brain cancer treatment.
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