HOLLAND -- 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
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."