Department News [Archived Here]Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Chair Kris Slowinski has been appointed to fill a new Associate Dean position within the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. As interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Evaluation, and Advising, Prof. Slowinski will focus on curriculum, enrollment, scheduling, and oversight of the CNSM Academic Advising Center. Congratulations to Prof. Slowinski on his new appointment!
Prof. Vas' research team recently published their article "A Novel Pyrene Based Fluorescence Approach to Study Conformation of Apolipoprotein E3 in Macrophage-generated Nascent High Density Lipoprotein," which appears in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. The article was co-authored by CSULB students Sea Kim, Shweta Kothari, Arti Patel, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab collaborator John Bielicki.
Prof. Roger Acey recently received a $125,000 private gift to support his research program at CSULB. This is the largest private gift that the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has ever received and the largest private cash gift for research on our campus. Congratulations to Prof. Acey and the Acey Lab for their ongoing success!
The Shon Lab recently published their article "Mechanistic Insights into the Formation of Dodecanethiolate-Stabilized Magnetic Iridium Nanoparticles: Thiosulfate vs Thiol Ligands" in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. The article is co-authored by MS student Diego Gavia and undergraduate Yeonjin Do, as well as collaborating author Prof. Jiyeong Gu of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, who studied the magnetic property of this iridium nanoparticle.
Acey Lab researchers Kaycee Villarreal (left) and Nancy Trujillo (right) were awarded 2014 Women & Philanthropy Scholarships to support their research endeavors. During its short history, W&P has awarded more than 150 scholarships, totaling approximately $200,000, many of which have been awarded to Chemistry & Biochemistry students. We thus offer our thanks to W&P for their continued support!
Students from the labs of Profs. Mezyk and Acey recently presented their research at the 24th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air in San Diego, CA. Undergraduate DeeAnn Asamoto (Mexyk Lab, pictured) won first prize ($1000) in the student research competition and undergraduate Phuc "Sam" Nguyen (Acey Lab) won second prize ($500). Congratulations to both DeeAnn and Sam!
Department Lecturer Andrea Chen was honored with this year's Mayfield Award, named after Prof. Darwin Mayfield, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry from 1956 to 1989. The award is given annually to the outstanding instructor chosen via popular vote by CNSM students. Congrats to Andrea for earning such an honor!
Prof. Enrico Tapavicza received one of this year's CSUPERB New Investigator Grants, of which only eighteen were awarded across the entire CSU system. His research project, "Ab Initio Modeling of Vitamin D Photosynthesis in Solution," applies computation techniques to better understand the physics and chemistry of photosynthesis. Congratulations to Professor Tapavicza!
Department research students Brittany Daws (Mezyk Lab), JoAnna Milam (Derakshan Lab), Khai Nguyen (Sorin Lab, pictured), Lauren Olson (Mezyk Lab), and Sahar Roshandel (Schramm Lab) were awarded 2014 CSULB Student Summer Research Assistantships. Only 37 such awards were funded campus-wide. Congratulations to these young scholars on their success!
This year's University Achievement Awards honored three members of our Department: Prof. Stephen Mezyk (pictured) received the CSULB Outstanding Professor Award; Vas Lab graduate student Roy Hernandez received the Outstanding Graduate Research Student Award; and Prof. Vas Narayanaswami was awarded the Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity.
Professor Richard N. Zare of Stanford University will visit our Department as the 2014 Allergan Distinguished Lecturer on Wednesday February 26th! We cordially invite you to attend Prof. Zare's two talks, including a general lecture at 11:00 AM and a research lecture describing his recent work on a new cell sorting method for the rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases at 4:00 PM. For more information, please click here!