Our CBC May 2015 Commencement Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 14, was a GREAT success! We honored our Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 graduates with a departmental ceremony in the South Ballroom of the UA Student Union, followed by a catered BBQ luncheon on the Koffler building patio. See the shout outs to our CBC graduates in this issue of the e-Catalyst newsletter. Enjoy!


Professor and Head
Chemistry & Biochemistry


Volume 1, Number 4
May 2015


Stephanie Zawada and Stephanie Kha

Graduating seniors Stephanie Zawada and Stephanie Kha honored at commencement 




See the list of May 2015 CBC student awardees


Craig Aspinwall


Craig Aspinwall selected as IUPAC Young Observer for 2015 meeting in Korea 



Students using Tabletop Whiteboards (Photo: UA News)


CBC Active Learning Spaces to Increase in Fall



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New Grant Awards
Victor Hruby - Proof of Concept $50,000 - Tech Launch Arizona
Ludwik Adamowicz - $46,480 - National Science Foundation
Industry Associates Program
Upcoming Events
CBC Grad Student Research Symposium - August 14, 2015


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Alumni News

Linda Ashby Nickell (BS in 

Chemistry, 1998) - I am working in forensic toxicology in Houston, Texas and am active with my fellow Bayou Cats Alumni. I am running monthly in the Houston Wellness Project 5K and am hoping for a travel-filled 2015!

Elisabeth Mansfield (PhD in 

Chemistry, 2007) - I received two of the highest honors at the Department of Commerce, the Silver (2014) and Bronze (2013) medals for research I conducted at NIST.

Syna Daudfar  (BS in 

Biochemistry, 2013) - I am currently working as a personal scribe for an emergency physician in 2 community health hospitals in Tucson. I will be entering medical school in May 2016. I plan on taking a 2-month backpacking trip through 17 western national parks, including Yellowstone, Mt. Rainier, Glacier and Yosemite.

Elina Ly (BS in Biochemistry, 2013) - I am a Biochemistry PhD candidate at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where I recently received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in the life sciences division, with an emphasis on biophysics. I am honored to have received this fellowship, which provides recipients with 3 years of research funding while pursing their doctorate.

Correction: Dale D. Swanson received both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry in 1979 and 1985, respectively.
CBC Alumni - Have you moved recently? Please help us keep our records current by updating your contact information (look for "click here to update your alumni profile").

Prior Issues:

Vol 1, Issue 3, April 2015

Vol 1, Issue 2, March 2015

Vol 1, Issue 1, February 2015