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Archive for April, 2017

Peter Rubenstein receives Michael J. Brody Service Award

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Peter Rubenstein who was recently selected, along with UI Professor Larry Weber, as a recipient of the 2017 Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service. The Brody Award named in honor of the late Michael J. Brody, former president of the UI Faculty Senate, recognizes outstanding faculty who have made exceptionally effective contributions to the UI and the community.

In his nomination letter, Dr. Charles Brenner wrote, “Professor Rubenstein’s altruistic approach to the core missions of the University of Iowa over the past 40 years put him in a class with the late Professor Brody. Through service, teaching and scholarship, he has continually strived to make the University of Iowa a forerunner in education and training at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. He has been a long-standing leader in faculty governance and played a significant role in curriculum development. He brings novel ideas and integrative approaches to solve challenging problems that improve the overall environment at the University of Iowa. Through his outreach, he has reached countless people in the community, across the state and, indeed, across the world.”

Taylor Lab wins FOEDRC Research Day scientific poster awards

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Adam Rauckhorst (center) & Arpit Sharma (second from right) along with the other FOEDRC poster winners.

Graduate Student Arpit Sharma’s poster entitled “Loss of Skeletal Muscle Mpc1 in Mice Stimulates Fatty Acid Oxidation, Nitrogen Retention, and Leanness,” won the award for best poster in the pre-doctoral category.

Postdoc Adam Rauckhorst’s poster entitled “The mitochondrial pyruvate carrier mediates high fat diet-induced increases in hepatic TCA cycle capacity and hyperglycemia,” tied with three others for the best poster in the post-doctoral/Jr. faculty category.

Kyle Nilson receives Most Outstanding Entry for the CCOM Health Sciences Research Week Poster Competition

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Dr. Kyle Nilson, a postdoc in the Price laboratory, received a most outstanding entry for the Carver College of Medicine Health Sciences Research Week poster competition for his poster entitled “Oxidative stress rapidly stabilizes promoter-proximal paused RNA polymerase II across the human genome.”

Biochemistry Alumnus Billy Hudson receives the Protein Society’s 2017 Carl Brändén Award

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Dr. Billy G. Hudson, a 1966 PhD with Drs. Rex Montgomery and Robert Barker, is the recipient of the Protein Society’s 2017 Carl Brändén Award which honors an outstanding protein scientist who has also made exceptional contributions in the areas of education and/or service to the field. Dr. Hudson is currently the Elliot V. Newman Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, & Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, as well as, the Director of the Center for Matrix Biology at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Hudson has worked tirelessly to develop the Aspirnaut K-20 STEM Pipeline for Diversity Program that provides internships to an untapped pool of talented high-school students to encourage them to work in the STEM fields and go on to college. Dr. Hudson’s outstanding research accomplishments include seminal discoveries about the structure and chemistry of collagen IV scaffolds in extracellular basement membranes and have led to a potential treatment of diabetic kidney disease.

Vijay Kamalumpundi receives ICRU summer fellowship

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Vijay Kamalumpundi, an undergraduate in the Taylor Lab, has been award an ICRU summer fellowship for a project entitled, “Metabolic Gradients in Mouse Liver Metabolism.” Vijay will test whether mitochondrial metabolism is different between lobes of the mouse liver, and whether there are unique metabolic gradients within each lobe. Understanding this question will be helpful for designing reproducible experiments and understanding the translational relevance to human liver function. Success is expected to inform major human diseases that afflict the liver, like diabetes and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Former undergraduate earns NSF Graduate Fellowship

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Jill Hauer, who studied in Dr. Michael Schnieder’s laboratory as an undergraduate and is now a Genetics PhD student with Dr. Richard Smith, received an NSF Graduate Fellowship. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards fellowships to outstanding graduate students based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Read more about this story here.