New Faces and Appointments in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Thom Hallmark grew up in south-west Oregon. While his friends were following football stats, he was fascinated by stories of mad scientists like Henry Jekyll or Herbert West. Hallmark said, “Maybe that’s not the best way to answer why chemistry but something about the white lab coat, crazy instruments, and glassware has always been fascinating.”
As an undergrad he had the opportunity to participate in student research opportunities and completed an internship at USU. After-wards, he was sure that research was some-thing he wanted to pursue. “I enjoyed my time at USU and the research that was happening here. I’m thrilled I was accepted to the gradu-ate program,” says Hallmark.
When he’s not in the lab, he loves observing nature by hiking, running and fishing. He likes to experiment cooking different foods and en-joys reading and quiet moments.
Hallmark said, “I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with my overall career but mad scientist is pretty much off the board. Normal scientist is a strong contender though.”
In October, we welcomed Heather Bird as the latest addition to the team. Heather is a Business Assistant for the department and, in that capacity, works closely with the College of Science as well. Heather joined us from the USU, Contracts and Purchasing Services Department where she had been working for 2 ½ years. In her short amount of time with our department, she has already proven herself to be capable and valuable
Heather has lived in the Cache Valley with her husband, Kirk Bird, who also works at USU as the director of housing facilities, and four children for 25 years. She loves yoga and enjoys spending time in the mountains: kayaking, paddle boarding, and snow shoeing. She likes to travel and visit new places.
Lisa Berreau was named vice president for research by President Noelle Cockett. Berreau had been serving as interim vice president for research since July 2019. Berreau continues to play an active role as a professor and researcher.
Dick Logsdon In response to COVID-19 and a need for hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray, Logsdon, glass blower, rose to the challenge and made large batches for the departemt. Finding disinfectant cleaner and hand sanitizer can be a near imposs ible task these days and having the help of Logsdon to make our own has been a tremendous help towards keeping our faculty, staff, and students safe during the pandemic.
Calvin Luu, undergraduate senior, received the 2020 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Rocky Mountain Chapter’s, Merit Scholarship. This scholarship awards funding for Luu to continue his research under Dr. Kim Hageman, Associate Professor, Environmental and Analytical Chemistry.
Ryan Jackson, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry received an Early Stage Investigator Award (MIRA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his article, “Determining the Structure and Function of Newly Discovered Immune Systems.”
Seth Lyman, Research Associate Professor and Director of USU’s Bingham Entrepreneurship & Energy Research Center, Vernal was awarded the Clean Air Person of the Year by the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) “for his continued work into developing solutions to fight Utah’s air pollution problems in the Uintah Basin” wrote Emilie Wheeler, News Director, University Marketing and Communications.