Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
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
February 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
2018 Chevy Goldstein Distinguished Lecture
Dr. Corcoran Publishes Paper
Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Corcoran on the publication of his paper entitled "Compressive Detection of Highly Overlapped Spectra Using Walsh-Hadamard-Based Filter Functions" in Applied Spectroscopy.
Dr. Mogul Publishes Paper
Dr. Rakesh Mogul and his group of collaborators, along with some of our own CPP students, published the paper "Microbial Community and Biochemical Dynamics of Biological Soil Crusts Across a Gradient of Surface Coverage in the Central Mojave Desert" in the highly ranked microbiology journal Frontiers of Microbiology. Dr. Mogul's work entails the study of the biochemical strategies used by microbes growing at extreme conditions and has applications to understanding life evolving during climate change. Congratulations Dr. Mogul!
American Chemical Society Approves Chemistry Program through 2022
The American Chemical Society has recommended continued approval for our baccalaureate chemistry program!
Approved programs must meet the standards set forth by the ACS to ensure they offer a rigorous and well rounded educational experience that develops students into practicing scientific professionals.
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