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Highlights from the 65th Anniversary and 4th Annual Retreat

Monday, August 26th, 2013


The 2013 Biochemistry 65th Anniversary and 4th Annual Retreat, organized by Lori Wallrath, Charles Brenner, Maria Spies, Earle Stellwagen, Mark Miller, Lacy Barton, and Maren Rogers, was held on Saturday, August 24. The scientific program at the Levitt Center for University Advancement featured talks by Charles Brenner and Catherine Musselman, Director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, Dale Abel, and Director of the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics, Richard Smith. In addition, Gary Firestone (1980 PhD with Ed Heath), Tristram Parslow (1977 MD/PhD with Daryl Granner), Bob Deschenes (faculty from 1989-2004),  and Debbie Thurmond (1997 PhD with Alan Goodridge) gave scientific presentations.

The poster session featured 39 posters. Six total awards were given in three categories. In the undergraduate division, first place went to Dylan Thiemann (Wallrath lab), and second place to Liam Hovey (Shea lab). In the Postdoc/Research Assistant/Associate category, Jiannan Guo (Price lab) and Rebecca Fagan (Brenner lab) won first and second places, respectively . Two Lois Bigger Gehring Awards were given to support graduate student travel to research conferences. Lacy Barton (Geyer lab) and Jessica Maiers (DeMali lab) each won this award for best poster in the graduate student category.

The dinner at the Athletics Hall of Fame featured thoughts and reflections from PhD graduates of the department, including Morey Slodki (1955), Charles Fishkin (son of Arthur Fishkin, 1957), Billy Hudson (1966), Liskin Swint-Kruse (1995), and a video message from Alap Subramanian (1964). Along with former faculty members Charles Swenson, Robert Barker, Earle Stellwagen, Arthur Spector, Bryce Plapp, Robert Roskoski, Larry Solomonson, Alice Fulton, and Daryl Granner.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

Biochemistry alumna Susan Wente honored, publishes career review in MBoC

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Susan Wente, a 1984 BS with Alice Fulton, and currently the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences, and Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University, was recently awarded the 2011 Women in Cell Biology Senior Award. On the occasion of her receiving this award, Wente published an article in Molecular Biology of the Cell entitled “Spatial and temporal impacts on a career in science,” which reviews her career and thanks her many mentors.

Dr. Wente began by recalling Dr. Gene Lata, who launched the undergraduate Biochemistry major and served as Susan’s undergraduate advisor. Dr. Lata guided Susan to Dr. Jeffrey Field’s laboratory (Internal Medicine) and later to an honors thesis with Dr. Fulton. Dr. Wente credits Peter Rubenstein with an introduction that led to her appointment at Washington University in St. Louis. During her time in St. Louis, Susan recalls meeting John York, a 1986 BS with Arthur Arnone, and the “spatial and temporal connections” they shared through Iowa Biochemistry.

Susan’s article can be accessed online.

A Celebration of Prof Alice B. Fulton’s Career

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Biochemistry will be hosting a retirement party on June 12 to celebrate the career of Professor Alice Fulton, who will be transitioning to Emeritus status at the end of the academic year.  A PhD from Brown University, Alice performed post-doctoral research with Chandler Fulton at Brandeis University and Sheldon Penman at Massachusetts Institute of Technology before coming to Iowa as an assistant professor in 1981. (more…)