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June 19, 2015

Catching up with two of our Alums ~ Dr. James Gilbaugh & Dr. Robert Wah

Dr. Robert Wah (left) and Dr. James Gilbaugh

Dr. Robert Wah (left) and
Dr. James Gilbaugh

Two University of Oregon Phi Beta Kappa Chemistry grads met up last week at the American Medical Association (AMA) Annual meeting.

Dr. James (Jay) Gilbaugh MD, Class of ’83, is President of the  Kansas Medical Society and Dr. Robert Wah MD, Class of ’79,is Immediate Past President of the American Medical Association.

The American Medical Association was founded in 1847 and is the largest association of physicians and medical students in the US. The AMA’s mission is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

Listen to Dr. Wah’s AMA speech at  

June 12, 2015

Alumna Dana Garves quoted in Article about Women in the Craft Beer Business

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry alum Dana Garves started her own beer business, BrewLab, after working as a lab tech for Ninkasi Brewing Company.


June 9, 2015

Alum Calden Carroll in the News!

Calden Carroll, Class of 2011, President of SupraSensor Technologies

The route from basic research to innovation can be a long and winding road, but the payoffs can be big. That was the case for one University of Oregon startup, which began with a failure in the laboratory.

Read more at:

February 24, 2015

In Memoriam – Gregory Harlow, Class of 2013

There will be memorial service on Saturday, February 28th, in Medford, OR, for Gregory Harlow.

Gregory graduated in June 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. While an undergrad in the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, he did research in the Liu lab as a Beckman Scholar. Gregory was a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.  He passed away January 22, 2015.


December 1, 2014

2014 Department Newsletter


Our annual newsletter is now available!

Catch up with alumni, faculty and department highlights from the past year at

November 5, 2014

UO Chemistry Alum, Jeff Bland, Receives NPA Award

Dr. Jeffrey Bland, who earned his PhD in Chemistry at University of Oregon in 1971, has been named the recipient of the Burton Kallman Scientific Award by the Natural Products Association.


October 17, 2014

UO Alum and Faculty Jim Hutchison featured in UO Alumni News

Nice article about UO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Jim Hutchison, class of ’86, and his nanotechnology research.

Prof. Hutchison will be the featured speaker at the Portland Science Night on November 5, discussing just how nanotechnology can shape the future.


September 16, 2014

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Alum Patrick Martino in the News!

Patrick Martino, a 2014 MS degree graduate of the UO Masters Industrial Internship Program, gets some coverage in the Times News:

September 10, 2014

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Alum Emily Truong in the News!

Nice article about UO Chemistry and Biochemistry alumna Emily Troung!

Taiyo America Adds Truong to R&D Team

Emily earned her MS degree in Chemistry in spring 2014 with the Masters Industrial Internship Program, Polymers & Coatings track.

September 8, 2014

UO Chemistry Alum, Roger Voelker, featured in Oregon Quarterly

As lab director of Oregon Growers Analytical, Roger Voelker, PhD 1996, tests medical marijuana for harmful substances, and advocates for more rigorous oversight to ensure patient safety.


September 2, 2014

Dr. Ellen J. Robertson in the News!


Co-authors, from left: Caroline Proulx, Ronald Zuckermann, Geri Richmond and Ellen Robertson

Ellen Robertson is in the news for her research contribution as UO-Berkeley Labs unveiled a new nano-sized synthetic scaffolding technique on September 2nd.

Dr. Robertson earned her PhD in Chemistry in 2014 with Geri Richmond, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


August 28, 2014

UO Chemistry alum Robert M. Wah named president-elect of American Medical Association

Dr. Robert Wah, who graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s in chemistry, has been selected to serve as president-elect of the American Medical Association – the nation’s largest organization of physicians.


UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Alumni Josh Razink in the News!

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate Josh Razink‘s work with the high-resolution transmission electron microscope in CAMCOR  has helped provide strong evidence for the theory that a cosmic explosion triggered the ice age 12,800 years ago that  resulted in the extinction of numerous species of plants and mammals.

Dr. Razink did his graduate studies at the UO under Jim Hutchison, earning  his MS degree in Chemistry in 2010.


April 21, 2014

Dr. Eddie Chang

Dr. Eddie Chang earned his PhD with Profs. Mazo and Peticolas in 1977.  He has sent us the following career update:

“After my stint as Acting Program Director for Biosensing, I decided to stay on a little longer at NSF and am now the PD for Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics in the Engineering Directorate at NSF.”

April 3, 2014

UO Chemistry Alum Gregory Harlow Awarded 2014 NSF Fellowship

Gregory Harlow

OU alumn Gregory Harlow has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for his work in the field of Chemical Synthesis.

Gregory is currently a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.  While an undergrad in the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Gregory did research in the Liu lab as a Beckman Scholar.  He graduated in June 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with departmental honors.