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Potential healing properties of natural chemicals discussed in Philippines

Jonel Saludes
Jonel Saludes

Interest in obtaining biologically active compounds from natural sources has increased for a variety of reasons, including concerns that habitats worldwide—and their chemical-harboring unique flora and fauna—are being lost to development. These compounds also typically offer low toxicity, biodegradability, renewable availability and low cost.

Earlier this year, Jonel Saludes, assistant professor in organic and bioorganic chemistry, and fellow WSU faculty member Doralyn Dalisay, assistant research professor in the WSU Institute for Biological Chemistry, spoke at an international seminar organized by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), located in central Luzon, one of the major islands of the country.

“They too have outstanding ideas and research but lack the facilities and equipment to move things forward,” said Saludes. “I envision collaboration where WSU could help them identify and determine the structure of the compound(s) responsible for the desired bioactivity.”

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Chemistry undergrad wins national research award

Brianna Berg
Brianna Berg

Brianna Berg, a junior majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, is the first Washington State University student – and one of only 10 undergraduate students nationwide – to be selected by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for the annual Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Award.

The two-year award promotes education and training of exceptional next-generation scientists and helps them develop their potentials as future cancer researchers.

Read more about her work with WSU professor Jonel Saludes to develop agents to diagnose and treat cancer.

Snowflakes delight scientists and photographers alike

Aurora Clark
Aurora Clark

Recent cold weather in the Inland Northwest provided an opportunity for scientists and photographers to marvel at the beautiful complexity of snowflakes and ice crystals.

For Aurora Clark, associate professor of chemistry, the story of snowflakes begins with the unique molecular structure of water – two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.

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Faculty expand teaching opportunities: Arts, science programs reach out to young minds

Jeanne McHale
Jeanne McHale

After teaching chemistry to WSU students for 30 years, Jeanne McHale wondered how to explain solar energy conversion to a bunch of squirmy teens and tweens in a weeklong summer camp.

“I had to consider what words I could use to make it understandable without dumbing it down to the point of nonsense,” she said.

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Matteson honored with American Chemical Society Cope Award

Don Matteson at his lab bench. Photo by Carolyn Joswig-Jones
Don Matteson at his lab bench. Photo by Carolyn Joswig-Jones

Young ‘mad scientist’ to honored chemist

As a youngster, Don Matteson was known among his friends as a bit of a mad scientist. Encouraged by his high-school-biology-teaching father, Matteson cooked up lead alloys, brewed gooey rubber and distilled alcohol from home-canned jars of plums gone bad.

Years later, as a chemistry professor at WSU supervising his first graduate student, he was intrigued by an unexpected boron-based product in one of their experiments. That one “mistake” would lead him on a life-long journey and ultimately to the development of an important cancer treatment that is today saving lives around the world.

Read the article at WSU News