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Department Scholarship Awards for 2017

Congratulations to the following students:  Julie Beauchamp, Phelicita Bell, Doris Chen, Marlee Fruto, Anthony Lu, Sevan Menachekanian, Stephanie Mora Garcia, Phan Phu, and Nathan Wagner who were all awarded department scholarships this year!  We were able to distribute $8,500 in scholarship funds to support our students academic endeavors thanks to the generosity of our donors.


2017 Goldstein Outstanding Student Research Award Announced

Phan Phu, an undergraduate chemistry major working in Dr. Chantal Stieber's lab, has won the 2017 Goldstein Outstanding Student Research Award for her work involving the use of X-ray emission to characterize pollutants.  Phan was honored with her award at the 10th Annual Goldstein Distinguished Lecture on April 7 and will receive a $2,000 prize.  Congratulations Phan!


Mogul Receives Funding Award

Dr. Rakesh Mogul is the recipient of a $13.5K grant from the NASA Astrobiology Institute MIRS program to conduct biochemical characterization of Alaskan Permafrost along a 12-35K-year age gradient.  This grant will also be used to develop a network of astrobiology science in the CSU.  Congratulations Dr. Mogul!


Barding Publishes Paper

 Dr. Greg Barding was a co-author on a paper entitled "Separation of ten phosphorylated mono-and disaccharides using HILIC and ion-pairing interactions” in Analytica Chimica Acta.  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003267017303240 


10th Annual Goldstein Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Luis Campos, Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department at Columbia University will give the 2017 Goldstein Distinguished Lecture on Friday, April 7 at Kellogg West Conference Center on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona. 


Dr. Michael Page appears on Charter Spectrum TV Show

Dr. Page was featured on Charter Spectrum's Local Edition TV show promoting his mentee program (Elite A+ Scholars) with African American youth in South Los Angeles. February 23, 2017

Complete Interview TBA soon. Way to go Dr. Page!

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CSU-LSAMP Student Research Scholars for 2016-17

 Congratulations to chemistry majors Christian Moreno, Justin Cortez and Jonathan Stoffel for being selected as student research scholars in the CSU-LSAMP program for 2016-17.  Christian will be working with Dr. Michael Page and Justin and Jonathan are working with Dr. Chantal Stieber.  Dr. Stieber is also supervising another student research scholar from Biological Sciences, Hector Alarcon.   We look forward to hearing about their exciting discoveries!  For information about CSU-LSAMP at Cal Poly Pomona see https://www.cpp.edu/~sci/lsamp/index.shtml

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Chemistry Major Ian Joyce received an  Award

Ian Joyce received an award in the 1st annual Library Research Award (Honorable Mention) for his research project he completed in Winter 2016 as a student in CHM 459 (Green Chemistry) with Dr. Michael Page. The title of his project was  “Practical Application of a Biocatalyst in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.” http://libguides.library.cpp.edu/libraryresearchaward

 

 


Chemistry Majors Vallejo and Torres Win Awards

The winner of the 2016 Hiemenz Award is Daniel Vallejo and the 2016 Burke Award winner is Michael Torres, both chemistry majors. They won from among more than 500 students in the SEES program. Congratulations to both of these talented students!

Vallejo Torres


 

 

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award to Chemistry Professor

Dr. Chevy Axelrad Goldstein, Professor Emerita of Physical Chemistry was posthumously awarded the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award in the College of Science.  She earned her MS degree in Chemistry from Cal Poly Pomona in 1974, went on to her doctorate, and returned to CPP to join our department.  Dr. Goldstein was known as a caring mentor to her research students, an outstanding teacher, and scholar.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BitpZEPOws8&feature=youtu.be

 


 

2016 Goldstein Outstanding Student Research Award Announced

Congratulations to Nicole G. Perkins, recipient of the 2016 Goldstein Outstanding Student Research Award.  She was honored (with a plaque and $2000 honorarium) at this year's 9th annual Goldstein Distinguished Lecture and Luncheon on April 29.  In photo from left to right: Yu-Liang Hsueh (nominee), Ching Man Choy (nominee), Lisa Alex (Chair), Nicole Perkins (winner), and Leslie Aranda (nominee).  

Goldstein Nominees

Chemistry Students Present Research at National Meeting

Cal Poly undergraduate Chemistry major, Nicole G. Perkins, and chemistry graduate student, Elizabeth A. Martinez, were selected to present their posters at the annual national analytical chemistry conference, Pittcon 2016, held in Atlanta, Georgia.  Congratulations Nicole and Elizabeth!  Both of these students are mentored by Assistant Professor, Dr. Gregory Barding.

 

College of Science Outstanding Staff Award for Fall 2015 to Greg Harnden

Our Organic/Bldg. 8 Stockroom Tech, Greg Harnden (IST II) was named Outstanding Staff Member in the College of Science for his service in Fall 2015.

Congratulations Greg and thanks for all you do!!

Congratulations to Yunshi Tan

The department would like to congratulate Yunshi Tan who successfully defended her thesis,

"The Electrochemical Study of ChargeTransferacrosstheLiquid/Liquid Interface", on March 3, 2016.   Her work was carried out under the supervision of Dr. Peng Sun.

Earl Pye Scholarship Winner for 2016

 Justin Tabay Cortez has been named the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Earl Pye Scholarship.  This award recognizes outstanding academic performance (GPA 3.5 or higher) among freshmen and sophomore chemistry majors who show potential for successful careers in chemistry.   Congratulations Justin! 

Dr. Greg Barding Publishes Paper

Congratulations  to Dr. Barding on his recent publication:

Wang, K., Barding, G.A., Larive, C.K. (2015) “Peak alignment of one-dimensional NMR spectra by means of an intensity fluctuation frequency difference (IFFD) segment-wise algorithm” Analytical Methods, 7, 9673-9682

Dr. Barding and Dr. Stieber Receive Kellogg RSCA Funding

Congratulations to Dr. Greg Barding and Dr. Chantal Stieber for being selected as recipients of Kellogg RSCA Funding to support their research with students!  Dr. Barding was awarded $8K for his proposal , "An in-depth study of drought and submergence stress on agriculturally important crops" and Dr. Stieber was awarded $10K for her proposal ""Probing Biological Conversion of Pollutants by Synchrotron Spectroscopy".

Dr. Phil Beauchamp Named as College of Science Distinguished Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr. Beauchamp who was selected as the 2015 recipient of the College of Science Outstanding Teaching Award.  Dr. Beauchamp will be honored on November 5, when he will also present a seminar that describes the methods he uses to teach effectively.  The seminar will be from 12-1 pm in 3-1637.  

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Year 2014-2015

News Information and Events

Dr. Mobley and Dr. Haner Publish Paper

Congratulations to two of our Emeritus faculty, Dr. Patrick Mobley and Dr. David Haner, on their recent publication entitled "Simulations Relating to the Determination of Protein Secondary Structure Fractions from Circular Dichroism Spectra".  The paper can be found at http://www.oalib.com/articles/3146366#.VYNHaabviJ1 

 

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Department Scholarship Winners for 2015 Announced

 

The department awarded a total of $14,500 in scholarships this year thanks to the generosity of our many donors.  We celebrated our students accomplishments at a lunch in their honor on May 21.  This year's winners included Amanda Cao (Pye), Ching Man Choy (Ehsani & Valspar), Hassan Fakhreddine (Valspar), Lindsay Hetrick (Ehsani & Boeing), Sooji Lee (Ehsani), Uyen Pham (Ehsani), Craig Sheldon (Sorci), Melody Sycks (Valspar), Yunshi Tan (Weck), Daniel Vallejo (Weck & Boeing) and Jessica Williams (Boeing & Valspar).  Congratulations to these outstanding students on their academic accomplishments!

 

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Stephanie Pastor Earns MS Degree

 

 Our own Stephanie Pastor, IST III (Bldg. 4 Stockroom Tech), successfully defended her thesis and earned her MS in Chemistry.  Congratulations to Stephanie!


 


 

 


Dr. Sun's Group Publishes Paper

 Congratulations to Dr. Peng Sun and his group (including Cal Poly students) on their recent publication in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C.  Please see http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/jp512909t 

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Dr. Mogul's Group Publishes Paper

Congratulations to Dr. Rakesh Mogul and his students on their recent publication in Astrobiology.

 See  http://online.liebertpub.com/toc/ast/0/0  

 

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Congratulations to David Velazquez

David Velazquez, an undergraduate chemistry major, was awarded first place in the Chemistry Poster Session at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington, D.C..  He is pictured here with his research mentor Dr. Michael Page.  Way to go David!

Dr. Page and David Velazquez

 

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Chemistry will be impacted starting Fall Quarter 2014

Click here for additional information on impacted majors.

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Department Scholarship Winners for 2014

Congratulations to the winners of this year's scholarships. These students were honored at a luncheon to celebrate their achievements on May 29 (see photo). The winners this year are Phelicita Bell (Dr. Earl Pye Memorial Scholarship); Anna Nguyen and Yue Zhou (Weck Scholarship); Nicole Berry, Huy Pham, Kristen Terminel and David Velazquez (Ehsani Scholarship); Craig Sheldon (Boeing Scholarship); Hassan Fakhreddine, Thu Van Tran, Anna Nguyen and Lindsay Hetrick (Valspar); and Hassan Fakhreddine (Mario Sorci Endowed Scholarship). We were able to award a total of $12,250 to these deserving and talented students as a result of our generous donors!

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Dr. Mogul Publishes 2 Papers

Congratulations to Dr. Rakesh Mogul on his two recent publications! The first entitled “Overview of current capabilities and research and technology developments for planetary protection” was published March 3, 2014 in Adv. In Space Research. The second paper is entitled “Report of the workshop for life detection in samples from Mars” was published May 15, 2014 in Life Sciences in Space Research.


Dr. Page's Manuscript Accepted for Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Page and his students for having their manuscript, "Soybean Oil: Powering a High School Investigation of Biodiesel" accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Education. The authors were Paul Rosa, Karen Azurin and Michael Page.


Dr. Sun's Manuscript Published

Congratulations to Dr. Peng Sun and his students, in collaboration with Dr. Samir Anz, on having their manuscript, “ Voltammetry of Ferrocenated Gold Nanoparticles on a Nanometer-Sized Electrode” published in Electroanalysis. The authors are Peng Sun, Tong Sun, Samir Anz, Jason Corey and Yunshi Tan. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/elan.201400024/pdf

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Dr. Yan Liu Awarded RSCA Funding

Dr. Yan Liu, Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry, was awarded a RSCA mini-grant for $5,000 to develop a method for quantitation and stability of allicin in garlic extracts. He was also successful in obtaining additional funding of $5,000 to support students working in his lab. Congratulations to Dr. Liu!

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Dr. Yan Liu Publishes Paper

Congratulations to Dr. Liu on his recent publication entitled “Cobalt-doped Titanium Dioxide Photochemical Fuel Cell for Wastewater Purification” in the Journal of Scientific Research and Reports. http://www.sciencedomain.org/abstract.php?iid=678&id=22&aid=6173#.VC3JHedDUbh

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Service Awards Fall 2014

Dr. Michael Keith was awarded his pin for 30 years of service at Cal Poly Pomona at the Annual Service Awards Ceremony on September 22 (seen in photo)--congratulations Dr. Keith!   Also receiving recognition for their years of service were Dr. Samir Anz (15 years) and Dr. Floyd Klavetter (10 years).  

Dr. Michael Keith

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Dr. Gregory Barding Joins the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

Welcome to Dr. Greg Barding, who is joining us as an Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry.  To find out about Dr. Barding’s research interests, please see http://www.cpp.edu/~sci/chemistry-biochemistry/faculty-and-staff/index.shtml

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Dr. Mogul Publishes Paper in Astrobiology

Congratulations to Dr. Mogul on the recent acceptance of his manuscript entitled:
“Characterization of hydrogen peroxide resistant Acinetobacter species isolated during the Mars Phoenix spacecraft assembly”.    Authors on the paper are:  Derecho, I.; McCoy, K.B.; Vaishampayan, P.; Venkateswaran, K.; and Mogul, R.  The first two authors are former graduates of our MS program in Chemistry!

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Dr. Page Awarded Tenure and Promotion

Dr. Michael Page was awarded tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor starting Fall 2014.   Congratulations to Dr. Page!!!

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Chemistry Major Impacted as of Fall 2014

Due to increased demand, the chemistry major has been impacted as of Fall 2014.  Information on impacted majors can be found at http://www.cpp.edu/~admissions/advising/impacted-majors.shtml?nav=undergrad

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Department Scholarship Winners for 2014

Congratulations to the winners of this year's scholarships.  These students were honored at a luncheon to celebrate their achievements on May 29 (see photo).  The winners this year are Phelicita Bell (Dr. Earl Pye Memorial Scholarship); Anna Nguyen and Yue Zhou (Weck Scholarship); Nicole Berry, Huy Pham, Kristen Terminel and David Velazquez (Ehsani Scholarship); Craig Sheldon (Boeing Scholarship); Hassan Fakhreddine, Thu Van Tran, Anna Nguyen and Lindsay Hetrick (Valspar); and Hassan Fakhreddine (Mario Sorci Endowed Scholarship).  We were able to award a total of $12,250 to these deserving and talented students as a result of our generous donors!

Scholarship Winners

 

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Dr. Mogul Publishes 2 Papers

Congratulations to Dr. Rakesh Mogul on his two recent publications! The first entitled “Overview of current capabilities and research and technology developments for planetary protection” was published March 3, 2014 in Adv. In Space Research.  The second paper is entitled “Report of the workshop for life detection in samples from Mars” was published May 15, 2014 in Life Sciences in Space Research.

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Dr. Page's Manuscript Accepted for Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Page and his students for having their manuscript, "Soybean Oil: Powering a High School Investigation of Biodiesel" accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Education.   The authors were Paul Rosa, Karen Azurin and Michael Page.

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Dr. Sun's Manuscript Published

Congratulations to Dr. Peng Sun and his students, in collaboration with Dr. Samir Anz, on having their manuscript, “ Voltammetry of Ferrocenated Gold Nanoparticles on a Nanometer-Sized Electrode” published in Electroanalysis.  The authors are Peng Sun, Tong Sun, Samir Anz, Jason Corey and Yunshi Tan. 
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/elan.201400024/pdf

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Dr. Yan Liu Awarded RSCA Funding

Dr. Yan Liu, Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry, was awarded a RSCA mini-grant for $5,000 to develop a method for quantitation and stability of allicin in garlic extracts.  He was also successful in obtaining additional funding of $5,000 to support students working in his lab.  Congratulations to Dr. Liu!

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Local High School AP Chemistry Students Come to Cal Poly

Excitement was high as students from local high schools, Centennial and Corona High, ran experiments under the direction of Dr. Ed Walton and Joelle Opotowsky here on campus in our labs. Students measured the amount of oxygen released from the decomposition of potassium chlorate in rock samples from various locations across the United States and explored how biodiesel fuel is produced.

Annual College of Science Staff Award to Sandra Gutierrez-Magallanez

Sandra Gutierrez-Magallanez was acknowledged as the winner of the annual staff member of the year in the College of Science. The award was presented to her at the College of Science's Winter Luncheon on December 17, 2013. Congratulations Sandra!


Article Featuring Dr. Laurie Starkey

Dr. Laurie Starkey, winner of the 2012 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, was featured in an article in The Poly Post. Read the article at http://www.thepolypost.com/news/starkey-earns-provost-s-award/article_b528ded4-561f-11e3-a6dd-0019bb30f31a.html


SAACS Achievement Acknowledged by ACS

The SAACS student club (Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society) received an “Honorable Mention Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society for its 2012-13 activities. The group will be recognized at the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX. Way to go students!!!


Dr. Michael Page Assumes Program Director Role for 2 Student Support Grants

Dr. Michael Page, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was named program director for a $477K NSF grant entitled “College of Science Scholars Program” and for a $60K grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation entitled “SEES Research and Mentoring Program (S-RaMP)”. Both awards go to support and engage students in the College of Science, giving them opportunities to participate in research and encouraging them to pursue careers in science. Dr. Page is well known for his student support efforts having been recently recognized as the College of Science’s Outstanding Advisor for 2012-13. Congratulations to Dr. Page!

Michael Page Photo


Dr. Peng Sun Joins the Chemistry & Biochemisty Department

Welcome to Dr. Peng Sun who has joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Sun’s expertise is in the area of electroanalytical chemistry. To find out more about Dr. Sun’s research interests go to the following link Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty and Staff Page

Peng Sun Photo