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The Acey group has isolated a novel metal binding protein. They are currently working to develop real life applications for the protein. Ten patents have been issued describing the use of this protein as a "heavy metal sponge" for the removal of toxic metals from solutions, such as the removal of the mercury based thimerosal from flu vaccines.
The local chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS), was named Student Organization of the Year by the associated student body (ASI). The award is presented to the student organization that is well-rounded and demonstrates a substantial contribution to students on and off campus. Congratulations to President Hannah Pham & the entire SAACS team!
This year's Chemistry & Biochemistry Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday May 7th. Among others being honored this year, Biochemistry majors Tuyen Tran and Phuc La will receive the Outstanding Graduating Senior of the College and the College Rhodes Award, respectively, for their outstanding academic achievements. For a listing of Departmental awards and honors, please click here!
Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty win awards:
Prof. Vas Narayanaswami was named the 2013 Most Valuable Professor by the CSULB Alumni Association and Prof. Young Shon received this year's CSU Long Beach Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award! We congratulate Dr. Vas and Dr. Shon on this outstanding recognition!
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to announce our annual Allergan Distinguished Lecturer: Ronald M. Evans of the Salk Institute will visit campus on Wednesday, February 20th. Dr. Evans, whose work focuses on peroxisome proliferator activated receptors and their roles in diabetes and other metabolic disorders, will provide a general talk at 12:00 PM and a research seminar at 4:00 PM. For more information, please click here for the official announcement.
The Vas Lab recently published their article titled "Biochemical and Biophysical Characterization of Recombinant Rat Apolipoprotein E: Similarities to Human Apolipoprotein E3" in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Prof. Vas' co-authors include undergraduate students Tuyen Tran, Carlos Gallo, Max Amaya and Jessica Kyees, and graduate student Sea Kim.
The Derakhshan Lab recently published their article "Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Magnetic Properties of Li3Mg2OsO6, a Geometrically Frustrated Osmium(V) Oxide with an Ordered Rock Salt Structure: Comparison with Isostructural Li3Mg2RuO6," on which graduate student Sophia Nguyen was first author, in the journal Inorganic Chemistry.
Chemistry & Biochemistry Career Day is Saturday October 13th! Have you thought about what will you do after you graduate with a BS or BA degree? Do you know what the career options are for a Chemistry or Biochemistry graduate? Attend our third annual Career Day. For more information, including a list of speakers, click here. Pre-registration is required.
Prof. Shon's Group recently had two articles accepted for publication! The first, co-authored by graduate student Elham Sadeghmoghaddam (who now has three first authorship credits) and undergraduate student Hanmo Gu, will appear in ACS Catalysis. The second, co-authored by graduate student Diego Gavia, was accepted in Langmuir.
The Slowinska Lab recently published an article in Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, titled "The microstructure of collagen type I gel cross-linked with gold nanoparticles", co-authored by undergraduates Thomas & Joseph Schuetz, grad students Nathan Richmond & Luciano Castaneda, and Dr. Marianne Harmon of Aerospace Corp. The article reports on the structure of collagen cross-linked with gold nanoparticles.
The 2012 Department Awards Banquet was held on Tuesday May 8th to honor this year's academic and research award recipients. Biological Sciences major and Sorin Lab researcher Erik Carpio was awarded this year's Glenn M. Nagel Undergraduate Research Fellowship by the wife of former College Dean and Professor of Chemistry Glenn Nagel.