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Message from the Chair

We’re already a month into our 2013-’14 academic year and this seems like an excellent time to showcase the activities of our faculty, staff, students and alumni as well as welcome new faculty and coworkers.

We would also like to welcome alumni and friends to our annual Homecoming Reception to be held on Thursday October 17 at the University Club on the ASU Tempe campus. Details are given elsewhere in this newsletter. At the Homecoming Reception, we will highlight recent research achievements while also noting major transitions of faculty, staff and alumni. We will celebrate promotions and new arrivals.

The department would like to warmly welcome our two new faculty viz., assistant professors Jia Guo and Chad Borges.

Guo and his group are currently hard at work developing single cell genomics and proteomics technologies to transform disease diagnosis and therapy. Borges’s research is centered in biological mass spectrometry where his major projects focus on the analysis of protein posttranslational modifications as markers of disease or biospecimen integrity.  

Our faculty and department research continues to attract significant worldwide attention. We’re about to announce a new, perhaps transformational, NSF funded center – details will be forthcoming at the alumni reception. In a separate triumph, President’s Professor Ariel Anbar is the lead investigator in a recently funded National Science Foundation Frontiers in Earth Systems Dynamics (NSF-FESD) grant program. Other investigators from our department include Hilairy Hartnett and Everett Shock.

Research Professor Sandra Pizzarello has made an important discovery concerning the possible inventory of molecules available to the early Earth. Pizzarello found that the Sutter’s Mill meteorite, which exploded in a blazing fireball over California last year, contains organic molecules not previously found in any meteorites. This work was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Regents’ Professor Peter Buseck has just published a paper in Nature Geoscience highlighting a new technique in which small amounts of a sample can be studied at high temperatures and (paradoxically) also high pressures, within an electron microscope. Use of this microscopy method permits determination of details down to the scale of a few atoms, including the detection of unexpected atom types or atoms in unexpected places, (within minerals in the present instance).

The science and creativity to be found in chemistry and biochemistry are essential for the success of many of these enterprises, which is why most of our faculty are found in collaborations that cut across department, school and college boundaries. We are certainly energized by these connections and the central roles that we are playing.

With best regards,
Dan Buttry
Chair and Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry

School of Molecular Sciences Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona 85287-1604 Phone: (480) 965-3461 Fax: (480) 965-2747