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Biochemistry major Amy Evans wins a Fight for Sight 2018 Summer Student Fellowship

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Amy is an Honors student working towards a Biochemistry and Philosophy double major with a minor in Theater Arts. She conducts research in the Baker Lab where she is learning a suite of molecular biology approaches to investigate the subcellular trafficking of HCN1, an ion channel important for regulating neuronal activity.

Fight for Sight has been working to support and inspire vision research by providing funds to promising scientists early in their careers for over 70 years. The Summer Student Fellowships is a competitive award given to junior students so that they can engage in 2-3 months of full time research. Amy will use this time to investigate how HCN1 moves from its site of synthesis out to the cell membrane where it can carry feedback currents to regulate neuronal circuits throughout the cerebellum, cortex, and eye. Amy will also be using behavioral studies to probe how loss of HCN1 affects vision under various lighting environments.

Dr. Weeks appointed the Harold A. Myers Professor in the Basic Sciences

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Dr. Daniel Weeks has been appointed as the Dr. Harold A. Myers Professor in the Basic Sciences. This three year professorship, effective August 1, 2018, was established to support a PhD faculty member who exhibits exemplary skill and passion for the teaching of medical students and who is a leader in understanding and developing new methods of medical education. This well-deserved honor is a testament to Dr. Week’s outstanding commitment and dedication to the education of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Biochemistry Alum, Tristram Parslow, receives CCOM Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Tristram Parslow, 1983 MD/PhD with Dr. Daryl Granner, was recently awarded a Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award for Acheivement. Dr. Parslow has excelled in every aspect of his career—as a researcher, teacher, and department leader. His early work at the University of Iowa on immunoglobulin gene expression addressed issues that stumped Nobel laureates and National Academy of Sciences members. While on the pathology department faculty at the University of California, San Francisco at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Dr. Parslow engaged in a series of studies of the molecular virology of HIV and other RNA viruses, including influenza. In the 14 years since Dr. Parslow joined Emory University as chair of the Department of Pathology, their annual National Institutes of Health funding has grown from $12 million to $34 million. He continues to lead and mentor others in the field, both at Emory and as president of the Association of Pathology Chairs.

Five Undergraduate Students Awarded 2018 Rex Montgomery Scholarships

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

The 2018 Rex Montgomery Scholarships were award to:

  • Jesse Cochran, Dr. Dale Abel’s laboratory;
  • Abinav Jyotis, Dr. Krystal Parker’s laboratory;
  • Ariel Kopel, Dr. Sheila Baker’s laboratory;
  • Brianna Lupo, Dr. Catherine Musselman’s laboratory; and
  • Johnathan Melvin.

Rex Montgomery Scholarships recognize undergraduate students for their outstanding academic record and commitment to research. This scholarship was established by the late Dr. Rex Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Montgomery began his career at the University of Iowa in 1955, and was admired for his impact as a researcher, teacher and mentor. Dr. Montgomery was an internationally recognized carbohydrate biochemist and textbook author. While on the faculty, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine, the Vice President of Research for the University and was the founding director of the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Montgomery retired in 2005 after more than 50 years on the faculty.

Marc Wold receives 2018 Honors Advising Award

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Dr. Marc Wold is the recipient of the 2018 Honors Advising Award. The University of Iowa Honors Program recognizes one advisor each year who distinguish themselves in advising honors students. Dr. Wold is a thoughtful advocate for honors education who demonstrates an authentic and intentional investment in developing scholars at the undergraduate level. Dr. Wold will be recognized with a monetary award and engraved memento at the Honors Recognition Ceremony held in April.

Dr. Shea’s Biophysical Society Blog “Making the Most of the Annual Meeting: Tips for First-Timers”

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Dr. Madeline Shea will be presented with the Emily M. Gray Award in Education at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society in San Francisco on February 19. In advance of the meeting, Dr. Shea published a blog piece to help first-time attendees at the meeting. Read her advice here: https://biophysicalsociety.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/making-the-most-of-the-annual-meeting-tips-for-first-timers/

Dr. Weeks receives 2017 CCOM Faculty Service Award

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Weeks, who was awarded the 2017 Faculty Service Award from the Carver College of Medicine (CCOM). Dr.  Weeks is an internationally known nuclei acid biochemistry and developmental biologist who has had a productive research career and won many teaching awards. Dr. Weeks has dedicated three decades of service to CCOM. His service activities have been diverse and of the highest impact. Thousands of students have benefited from his guidance and educational programming, establishing a strong foundation for their future careers. Of special note is Dr. Weeks’ strong dedication to curriculum development. He served on the Medical Education and Curriculum Committee from 1989-2003 and on the College of Medicine Curriculum Review/Steering Committee from 2014 – present. CCOM’s recent re-accreditation and the success of the New Horizons Curriculum are due in part to his tireless efforts.

 

 

Dr. Fuentes receives 2017 CCOM Collegiate Teaching Award

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Ernesto Fuentes for being chosen to receive a Carver College of Medicine (CCOM) Collegiate Teaching Award for 2017. Dr. Fuentes’ didactic teaching has included an unusually wide range of topics such as protein structure analysis, enzyme kinetics and molecular biology. He has taught a broad range of students in undergraduate laboratory courses (Biochem. 99:140) and large lecture courses (BIOC:3110) and graduate students in small group discussions (MCB 156:210) and larger didactic (BIOC:5242). In addition, he has organized workshops centered on NMR methodology for a wide range of individuals including faculty members. Whether it is in a classroom, conference room, or at a laboratory bench, his primary goal is to make sure that students understand concepts of biochemistry and their research projects.

Among current Biochemistry primary faculty, Dr. Fuentes joins Drs. Peter Rubenstein, Adrian Elcock, Lori Wallrath, Dan Weeks, Todd Washington, Kris DeMali, Pamela Geyer, and Marc Wold as recipients of the CCOM Collegiate Teaching Award.

2017 Biochemistry Newsletter now available

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The 2017 Biochemistry @ Iowa newsletter is hot off the presses and available for download. Alumni and friends should receive a hard copy in the mail this week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send your contact information to biochem@uiowa.edu. While you are at it, feel free to send us your news and updates! Previous newsletters are also available online.

Miles Pufall received Donald D. Dorfman Award

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Dr. Miles Pufall received the 2017 Donald D. Dorfman Award of $10,000 for his paper entitled “Suppression of B-cell development genes is key to glucocorticoid efficacy in treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia,” which was published in the June 2017 issue of Blood. The Dorfman Award is given annually to the best research papers in leukemia and lymphoma research among members of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Congratulations, Dr. Pufall!