I am excited to introduce you to our NEW online version of the Catalyst alumni magazine from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at The University of Arizona. Our goal is to keep you informed of exciting science news and alumni updates using this e-newsletter format. Enjoy it, and remember to stay in touch with CBC@UA!


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Chemistry & Biochemistry


Volume 1, Number 1
February 2015
Photo Credit: Darci Slaten

Gene Mash and colleagues develop a "molecular truck" to aid in drug delivery for treating inflammatory bowel disease.


A Microscopic view of the Ebola virus

Biochemistry Alumna Dr. Linda Meta Mobula fights Ebola on the front lines in Africa.


Photo credit: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Boulder Biopharm Company Moves to Tucson to Partner with UA Research Group 



Photo Credit: Thomas Folkers

New Radio Telescope Ready to Probe. Newly installed, 40-foot dish achieves "first light" detecting cold gas clouds in the Milky Way.


Photo Credit: NIH/HHS

Two UA Scientists Give Extra Thought to the Brain, Developing Better Ways of Measuring How Neurons Communicate with Each Other.


Upcoming Events
BECUR Conference - February 21, 2015
Science City at Tucson Festival of Books - March 14-15, 2015
CBC Student Poster Fair - April 30, 2015
CBC Student Awards Ceremony & Luncheon - May 14, 2015
CBC Grad Student Research Symposium - August 14, 2015
CBC All Alumni Reunion - November 2016


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Alumni News

Roger Fellows (BS in Chemistry, 1961) - My current hobbies include wood turning, building grandfather clocks with German works, golfing, walking and bike riding. I found my BS degree very helpful when I entered Medical School and when I was earning my board certification in Nuclear Medicine.

Susan Frost  (PhD in Biochemistry, 1979) - This summer marks my 30th year at the University of Florida as a faculty member. Meryll and I have been married for 45 years and have two grandchildren. With retirement on the horizon, we plan to spend half our time in Tucson, but first will experience living in France for 6 months. I like to hike, go birding, practice yoga, travel, needle craft, read, and most importantly, be with family.
Jacqueline Daspit (BA in Biochemistry, 1986) - For over 20 years I have practiced patent law as a registered patent attorney, most recently in the medical device field. I am Assistant General Counsel for the Bard Peripheral Vascular division of C. R. Bard.  I have 3 wonderful daughters; my oldest is studying Physics/Astronomy at the UA.
Lori Smith (PhD in Chemistry, 2003) - I'm often told by aspiring chemists that I have a "really cool" job assisting veterinary pathologists diagnose livestock and companion animal deaths, and it is a lot of fun experiencing how analytical chemistry can protect and improve public and animal health.
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