The CBC faculty, staff and students are getting ready for what looks like a record-breaking undergraduate class of over 8,000 incoming freshmen in Fall 2015. Here in CBC, we have one of the largest entering PhD graduate student classes in recent years, with 31 students attending the White Lab Coat Ceremony to be held on August 28 at the Annual Departmental Breakfast. Finally, congratulations to Professors Montfort, Ghosh, Armstrong and Saavedra for being awarded new NIH and NSF grants this past month totaling $2.7M. Outstanding!


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Chemistry & Biochemistry


Volume 1, Number 6
August 2015


 Andrei Sanov


The Sanov lab solves a chemistry puzzle by providing the first physical evidence of ethylenedione (OCCO)


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Jeanne Pemberton

Jeanne Pemberton and her team create new bio-inspired surfactants that could "green" many household products


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 Lucy Ziurys


Lucy Ziurys wins the 2015 Barbara Mez-Starck Prize for outstanding contributions in spectroscopy


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 John Pollard


CBC is on the cutting edge with Collaborative Learning Spaces for our freshman chemistry courses


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New Grant Awards
Neal Armstrong & Scott Saavedra - $300,000 - NSF
Neel Ghosh  - $1.21M - National Institutes of Health
Bill Montfort - $1.19M - National Institutes of Health
Industry Associates Program - 2015
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Mark S. Lee (BS in 

Biohemistry & Molecular Biophysics, 2009) - I'm working at the UA in the Department of Immunology. I am first author on an article recently published in Immunity.

Garrett Yagade (BS in  Chemistry, 2012) - I recently moved from San Diego to Phoenix to pursue a new job at Southwest Laboratories as a GC/MS analyst.

Sophia Park (BS in 

Biochemistry, 2014) - I just moved to South Florida to join the graduate program at the Scripps Research Institute. I am excited to start this new adventure, but I will miss my home in Tucson!

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Stefan Hinote (currently earning a BS in 

Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology) - This past summer I interned with The Yaron research group based out of Carnegie Mellon University. My work focused on using machine learning to create low-level models that replicate high-level data corresponding to the electronic structure of functional groups.

Prior Issues:

Vol 1, Issue 5, June/July 2015

Vol 1, Issue 4, May 2015

Vol 1, Issue 3, April 2015

Vol 1, Issue 2, March 2015

Vol 1, Issue 1, February 2015