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Nicholas McCarty receives 2017 Montgomery Scholar’s Prize

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Nicholas McCarty, an undergraduate major in the Dr. Dale Abel’s laboratory, has been awarded the 2017 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award for his outstanding research accomplishments and excellent presentation at the Lata Symposium.

This prize was established by mentees, colleagues and friends of Dr. Rex Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Montgomery began his career at the University of Iowa in 1955, and is admired for his impact as a researcher, teacher and mentor. Dr. Montgomery is 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

Nicholas McCarty receives Fulbright Award

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Biochemistry senior Nicholas McCarty, who works in Dr. Dale Abel’s lab,  has been awarded a nationally competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by providing participants opportunities to study, teach, conduct research, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Kris DeMali receives 2017 Honors Thesis Mentor Award

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Dr. Kris DeMali was selected as the 2017 Honors Thesis Mentor Award recipient. Each year the University of Iowa Honors Program selects a single faculty member to recognize with this honor, which is driven by student nominations. Dr. DeMali will be recognized at the Honors Commendation Ceremony on May 12, 2017.

 

Four undergraduates receive 2017 Rex Montgomery Scholarships

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The 2017 Rex Montgomery Scholarships were award to:

  • Laura Fischer, Marc Wold’s laboratory;
  • Titus Hou, Ernesto Fuentes’ laboratory;
  • Sophia Vogeler, Charles Brenner’s laboratory; and
  • Peter Addo,  Ronald Weigel’s laboratory.

Rex Montgomery Scholarships recognize undergraduate students for their outstanding academic record and commitment to research. This scholarship was established by Dr. Rex Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Montgomery began his career at the University of Iowa in 1955, and is admired for his impact as a researcher, teacher and mentor. Dr. Montgomery is 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.

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.

FOEDRC Retreat Poster Winners: Po Hien Ear and Adam Rauckhorst

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Congratulations to Postdoctoral Fellows Po Hien Ear (Brenner Lab) and Adam Rauckhorst (Taylor Lab) who were two of the three poster winners at the 2016 FOE Diabetes Research Center Retreat held on December 10, 2016, for their posters entitled “Nicotinamide riboside promotes maternal and neonatal health benefits” and “Novel mechanisms regulating mitochondrial glutamine metabolism,” respectively.

L to R: Adam Rauckhorst, Po Hien Ear, Yanhui Zhang, E. Dale Abel

Marc Wold awarded the 2016 JP Long Teaching Award

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Professor Marc Wold has been awarded the 2016 John P. Long Teaching Award in the Basic Sciences, which recognizes outstanding career-level teaching contributions by the basic science faculty. Following in the footsteps of Arthur Spector (1999), Peter Rubenstein (2001), Madeline Shea (2009) and Daniel Weeks (2011) this was the fifth time a biochemist has claimed this honor in the history of the award.

Professor Wold has taught tens of thousands of students at all educational levels over the past 25 years at the University of Iowa. His approachability, patience, and thoroughness make him a sought after teacher. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of DNA replication and repair, allowing him to integrate cutting edge molecular techniques and research findings into his instruction materials. In addition, he has served as mentor and academic advisor to thousands of students from multiple educational levels. These students have relied on his expert advice to shape their academic programming, thereby impacting their education, training and professional growth.