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Department News Highlights:

Mike CallahanDr. Michael Callahan has been awarded a NASA grant to study organic material found on asteroids. The two-year, $446,413 grant will be used to develop analytical techniques to analyze the organic composition of material collected in space during NASA missions. Callahan’s research is being funded by the NASA Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples (LARS) program. Read more about the NASA grant here…


Tony Roark and Owen McDougalProfessor and Chair Owen McDougal received the Boise State College of Arts and Sciences 2017 Faculty Excellence Award for his strong contributions to teaching, research, and service. Read more about the 2017 Faculty Excellence Award here…


Fall 2017 graduatesCongratulations to our Fall 2017 graduating class! From left to right: Andy Hansen, Caitlin Hunt, Steve Nick, Allal Laaraj, Tudor Firica, and Sadigha Heydari.


Jerrett HoldawayCongratulations to Jerrett Holdaway of the M.S. Chemistry Program for successfully defending his thesis titled “Potent and Potentially Non-Cardiotoxic Anthracyclines; Their Synthesis, Biological Evaluation, and Comparison of Hydrozone-Mediated Reductions”.


Wine SamplesAssistant Professor Michael Callahan and Research Scientist Karen Smith were part of a multi-disciplinary and international research collaboration involving chemistry, archaeology, agriculture, environmental sciences, climatological sciences, and natural history. This research effort led to the discovery that winemaking existed 8,000 years ago, around 6,000 B.C, and the findings have been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more about the collaboration here…


Jon Scaggs and Donna HarrymanCongratulations to Donna Harryman (right), Jon Scaggs (left), and Israel Shebley (not pictured) for their dedicated years of service to Boise State University and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Read more about Donna, Jon, and Israel here…


Lisa Warner, Owen McDougal, Ken Fujise, Matt KingDr. Lisa Warner, Dr. Owen McDougal, and Dr. Matthew King have received a $1 million collaborative NIH grant to work toward a cure for heart disease. Read more about NIH grant here…