posted August 20, 1999

Biochemist on Task Force

Dr. Rodney Boyer of the Hope College chemistry faculty has been appointed to a three-year term on the Task Force on Educational Resources for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

          The 12-member task force is made up of biochemists
  and molecular biologists from U.S. colleges and
  universities, and the pharmaceutical industry.  Projects
  that the task force will be working on include:  national
  requirements for undergraduate biochemistry/molecular
  biology degrees, topic content in biochemistry/molecular
  biology courses, biochemistry laboratory design, research
  poster sessions at national meetings and summer research
  projects in biochemistry for high school teachers.
          ASBMB is the nation's largest organization of
  biochemists/molecular biologists.
          Boyer is the Drs. Edward A. and Elizabeth Hofma
  Professor of Chemistry at Hope, where he has been a member
  of the faculty since 1974.  He teaches biochemistry courses
  at the college.
          During his 25 years at Hope, he has directed the
  research of more than 70 undergraduate students, published
  more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and written
  three biochemistry textbooks.  His research interests
  include the metabolism of iron and reactive forms of
  ribonucleic acid (RNA).
          Boyer is on a leave of absence during the 1999-
  2000 academic year, working on the third edition of his book
  "Modern Experimental Biochemistry."