Dr. Juliana Boerio-Goates received her elementary, high school, and undergraduate education at Catholic schools, graduating with a BA in chemistry from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in 1975. Her graduate study was completed at the University of Michigan, where she received an MS in chemistry in 1977 and a PhD in 1979. She has done postgraduate study at Argonne National Laboratory, MIT, and Oxford University.
She was appointed to the faculty at BYU in 1982. She taught chemistry classes at all levels, from introductory to graduate, and was involved in teaching and curriculum development for the Physical Science 100 course. She fulfilled many influential university assignments and received university and college teaching awards and recognition for her research efforts from professional organizations.
Dr. Boerio-Goates has published about 80 technical papers and coauthored two technical books. Her research efforts were directed toward understanding the factors that give rise to phenomena in crystalline solids including magnetism, negative thermal expansion, and structural phase transitions as well as to the stability of biological materials.
Dr. Boerio-Goates’ husband, Steven, was also a professor in BYU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.