As they say in Tucson, the ice melts in the Santa Cruz River on the first day the temperature reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Well, that happened on June 2, 2016, and we went on to top out at 114 degrees last week - Wow! We are just as hot, hot, hot here in CBC with lots to celebrate this month, including another successful BlastOff! Camp for middle school students, a cool new discovery in the Charest lab, Ben Wu's selection to speak at the Beckman Symposium, and Dr. Jim Hazzard's saddling up to ride off into the sunset after 32 years at the University of Arizona. Enjoy!

Professor and Head
Chemistry & Biochemistry


Volume 2, Number 5
June 2016


BLASTOFF! 2016 Cadets


Snakes, rockets  and zombies abound at BLASTOFF! 2016



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Dr. Pascale Charest

Charest lab discovers new chemoattractant signal transduction mechanism



Ben Wu



Ben Wu selected to speak at Beckman Symposium



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Dr. Jim Hazzard




Jim Hazzard retires after 32 years of service 




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New Grant Awards
To Be Announced
Industry Associates Program - 2016
Upcoming Events
Salsa Challenge - August 5, 2016
3rd Annual CBC Research Symposium - August 10-11, 2016
Welcome Back Ice Cream Social & Water Balloon Toss - Aug 25, from 2-3:30 pm, on the UA Mall
Departmental Breakfast - August 26, 2016
Departmental Picnic - October 21, 2016


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Alumni News

Alexander Harris (BS in Biochemistry, 2015) Currently
I am settling into my new life in Japan by working as a patent scientist in downtown Tokyo. Next spring, I will pursue a PhD in Cancer Signaling Pathways at the University of Tokyo.

Barbara Chukwu (BA in Biochemistry, 2016) Beginning in August 2016, I will be attending St. George's University of Medicine located in Grenada in the Caribbean, where I will be achieving my goal of becoming a doctor.

Heather Emmons (BS in Biochemistry, 2016) I will be continuing my education pursuing a master's degree in human nutrition (with clinical specialization) at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. After completion of this program, I plan to return to the U.S. for a PhD program in nutritional biochemistry.

Lisa Daconta (BS in Biochemistry & MCB, 2016) I am pursuing a burning passion by completing the one-year Masters of Education degree here at the University of Arizona! In yet another short, one-year period, I will be a certified Arizona chemistry teacher living my dream.

Prior Issues:

Vol 2, Issue 4, May 2016

Vol 2, Issue 3, April 2016

Vol 2, Issue 2, March 2016

Vol 2, Issue 1, Jan/Feb 2016