The Fall 2015 semester got off to a great start with Dr. Megan McEvoy being awarded the 2015 College of Science (CoS) Distinguished Advising Award, and Dr. Jim Hazzard the 2015 CoS Distinguished Career Teaching Award. The month of September also brought a $2.03M NIH grant to Dr. Robin Polt and his Co-Investigator, Dr. Michael Heien, as well as two members of the Hruby lab being awarded Proof of Concept grants from Tech Launch Arizona. Enjoy!


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Chemistry & Biochemistry


Volume 1, Number 7
September 2015


Jeff Pyun


Jeff Pyun and coworkers are featured in NSF video: 'Yellow Chemistry' turns sulfur waste into plastic


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Michael Heien


Michael Heien has developed a device to simultaneously measure chemical and electrical signals in brain cells


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Megan McEvoy


Megan McEvoy receives the

2015 UA College of Science Distinguished Advising Award






 JIm Hazzard

The 2015 UA College of Science Distinguished Career Teaching Award was presented to Jim Hazzard


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Jan Njardarson


Jon Njardarson is flying high above Speedway Boulevard


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New Grant Awards
Yeon Sun Lee - TechLaunchAZ - $50,000
Victor Hruby & Ruben Vardanyan - TechLaunchAZ - $13,500
Robin Polt & Michael Heien - NIH - $2.03M
Industry Associates Program - 2015
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Mark Chapman (PhD in 

Biochemistry, 1995) - I am enjoying living in San Diego with my wife and kids. A friend and I are laying the foundation for a biotech startup.

Jessica F. Li (BIOCBS, MCBBS & ANTHBA, 2013) - I will be moving to Cincinnati, Ohio for a service fellowship as an industrial hygienist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is the occupational health branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Chemistry, 2010) - I just graduated from Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine and moved to Columbia, SC to start my career as a dentist at Family Dental.

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Elizabeth Nguyen (currently earning a BS in Chemistry) - I just completed a summer internship with Aramco Services Company in Houston, Texas, where I assisted in experimental design and performing high-quality data acquisition for microwave characterization of reservoir fluids.

Prior Issues:

Vol1, Issue 6, August 2015

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