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Dr. Barding Recognized as Outstanding Advisor

AdvisorCongratulations to Dr. Greg Barding for his selection as the 2018 Outstanding Faculty Advisor for the College of Science. Barding was recognized for his work in advising and mentoring students at the University's Outstanding Advisor Awards on April 26th.

CSUPERB New Investigator Grant Awarded to Dr. McCulloch

Dr. Kathryn McCulloch's proposal entitled "Investigating the Structural Basis of Secondary Bile Acid Production" was selected for funding ($14,058) in the CSUPERB New Investigator Program. Congratulations to Dr. McCulloch!

Dr. Barding Publishes Paper

Dr. Greg Barding and coworkers published their work entitled A Metabolomics Study of BPTES Altered Metabolism in Human Breast Cancer Cell Lines in the May 15 issue of Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences. 

Dr. Starkey Publishes Book

Dr. Laurie Starkey has published the second edition of her book entitled "Introduction of Strategies of Organic Synthesis"

22 Cal Poly Pomona Students Co-Author Paper with Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty

The article entitled "Metabolism and Biodegradation of Spacecraft Cleaning Reagents by Strains of Spacecraft-Associated Acinetobacter" was recently published in the journal Astrobiology. This work, under the guidance of Dr. Rakesh Mogul and Dr. Gregory Barding of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, involved 22 student co-authors from Cal Poly Pomona-17 from the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and 5 from Biological Sciences. The paper explores how cleaning reagents used in spacecraft assembly facilities may support the existence of microbial communities, an important factor in preventing biological contamination in future life-detecting missions in our solar system. 

2018 Goldstein Distinguished Student Research Awards Announced

After a competitive selection process, Timothy Siu (undergraduate) and Nathan Wagner (graduate) have each won a $2,000 Goldstein Student Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding research conducted by students. Both Tim and Nate conduct research with Dr. Alex John, Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry. In addition, several students received an honorable mention award for their work including Christine Navarro, Stephanie Mora Garcia, Tiffany Lopez, Sevan Menachekanian, and Sylvia Speights. Congratulations to all of our students on their accomplishments! 

CPP Crystallography Co-Op Grand Opening 

CPPCCFebruary 15th, 2018, hailed the grand opening of the Cal Poly Pomona Crystallography Co-Op. This facility houses a Bruker D8 Venture diffractometer that will be used by faculty and students for both research and instructional purposes. Acquisiton of this advanced instrumentation was made possible by a Department of Defense grant ($599,077) to Dr. Chantal Stieber (Pl) and her collaborators Dr. Kathryn McCulloch, Dr. Alex John, Dr. Bohdan Schatschneider and Dr. Hector Mireles. The facility, which is housed in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, is a result of the vision of Dr. Chantal Stieber, Assistant Professor. For more news and information please see the links listed here.


Dr. Page and Dr. Barding Publish Chemical Education Scholarship

Dr. Michael Page and Dr. Gregory Barding, along with former Cal Poly Pomona students Maritza Silva and Patrick Escott, published their paper entitled 
"The effect of Teaching the Entire Academic Year of High School Chemistry Utilizing Abstract Reasoning" in Chemistry Education and Research Practice. Work for this publication was done in two high school classrooms in our local Pomona Unified School District. Congratulations to the team for helping to improve teaching practice in the high school classroom!

Dr. Michael Page Receives Honor
The Black Faculty and Staff Association has chosen Dr. Michael Page, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as a Diversity Champion for his support of students to bring awareness of issues to the campus community. He will be honored at a special luncheon on February 15, 2018. Congratulations to Dr. Page for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of the students 

2018 Chevy Goldstein Distinguished Lecture

This year's lecture will be on Friday, April 6th from 12:00-2:00pm and will feature Dr. Paul Weiss, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA.


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