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New Faces in the Department

At the beginning of Spring Semester 2023, the department welcomed three new employees. Here’s a quick look at the new faces that you’ll be seeing around the Science building!

Cori Guinn

Selfie of Cori standing next to her daughter in front of a cluster of pine trees

Cori Guinn is the new Administrative Assistant II for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, working in the front office as the media specialist and in Student Support. She is joining the department after working for several years as a Special Education paraprofessional in the Notus School District. She is also currently the head cheerleading coach at Notus High School. A Boise State alumna, Cori is a mother of 4: 2 daughters and 2 cats, and “grandmother” to a Western Hognose snake named Noodle. She just recently moved from Caldwell to Boise with her family, and is enjoying every moment of being back on campus as an employee. Her free time is spent watching sports, having game nights and attending car shows with her family and friends, and above all, she loves to be outdoors. She and her loved ones enjoy camping, fishing, shooting and exploring the mountains of Idaho on foot or quads.

Erin Taylor

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Erin Taylor is our newest visiting assistant professor, teaching Analytical Chemistry I lecture and labs (Chem 211 and Chem 212). She is an avid science enthusiast and teacher, who loves the beauty that comes from studying the natural world and showing her students the joys of scientific discovery. Her passion for science was first ignited by her high school teacher, Mr. Jacobson, and further pursued by studying biology and chemistry at Carroll College. After graduating in 2016, she worked as a lab analyst at a water analysis lab in Montana before pursuing her graduate studies at Montana State University. In her free time she enjoys gardening, homebrewing kombucha, playing board games, and taking hikes with her two dogs Loki and Freya. In all that she does, she strives to keep the enthusiasm of science alive – whether it be teaching a student about equilibrium or brewing a new kombucha recipe.


Jenée D. Cyran

Photo looking down on Jenee from above as she stands next to a glacier

Jenée D. Cyran is the newest assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Boise State University, teaching General Chemistry (Chem 111) this semester. Dr. Cyran received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. She earned her PhD in 2015 from Colorado State University in the group of Amber Krummel. She was an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Spectroscopy Department at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP) in Mainz, Germany. Dr. Cyran is also a faculty research advisor for the department. The Cyran lab investigates the structure, dynamics and photochemical processes in the atmosphere and environment, utilizing novel spectroscopic techniques to elucidate the role of the surface in these reactions. For more information on the research her group is conducting or how to join her group, please visit: The Cyran Lab