Dr. Rodney Boyer of the Hope College chemistry faculty has been selected to serve as a member of the editorial board for the new international journal "Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education."
The aim of "Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Education" is to assist in the teaching of biochemistry and
molecular biology at the college, graduate school and
medical school level throughout the world. The audience of
the journal will be instructors at universities and colleges
who teach biochemistry, molecular biology, and related
fields such as microbiology and cell biology.
Some of Boyer's responsibilities on the board
include reviewing articles for publication, writing articles
for the journal and helping direct editorial policy. In
addition to the printed journal, the editorial board will
also design and maintain web sites for use by university
Boyer is the Edward 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, and in 1999 he was appointed to a three-year term
on the Task Force on Educational Resources for the American
Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
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." He will be retiring
from teaching and research at the end of the current
academic year, but will continue to write biochemistry
textbooks and journal articles and be actively involved in
other professional activities.