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25 Years of Iowans at the Gibbs Conference

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Madeline Shea presented the 3rd Annual Gary K. Ackers Lecture at the 25th Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics in Illinois in September. The laboratories of Ernesto Fuentes and Shahram Khademi  also participated in the meeting, along with Biochemistry alumni and members of their current laboratories, including Liskin Swint-Kruse at KUMC and Greg DeKoster at Washington University (Robertson Lab graduates), Brian Baker at Notre Dame and Jim Horn at Northern Illinois (Murphy Lab graduates) and Susan Pedigo at Ole Miss (Shea Lab graduate). In fact, current and former Iowa Biochemistry members and their trainees accounted for 12% of the attendees at this year’s conference.

The Gibbs Conference annually attracts 200 scientists with an interest in the energetics, kinetics, structure, and engineering of biological macromolecules and systems.  The conference showcases a broad spectrum of thermodynamic, structural, hydrodynamic, spectroscopic, calorimetric, and computational techniques. Since its inception in 1987, the Gibbs Conference has been attended by many students and postdoctoral fellows. This year, half of the approximately 30 talks were delivered by trainees.  Trainees also served as session moderators, including four with Iowa connections:  John Froehlig, a former Shea Lab undergraduate student now in Herschel Wade’s laboratory at Johns Hopkins; Ann Murray, in the Fuentes laboratory; Nagamani Vunnam, in the Pedigo lab at Ole Miss; and Dan Parente in the Swint-Kruse lab at KUMC.  More than 110 posters – most presented by junior scientists – were displayed during the poster session. This year the meeting added a new event – Saturday Night Thermo – for trainees only. It featured flashtalks and a Career Panel.  This was co-organized by KUMC Associate Professor Liskin Swint-Kruse and LSU Professor Vince LiCata.

There was a special issue of Biophysical Chemistry associated with this meeting, including papers from Swint-Kruse and Shea. Dr. Shea also penned a historical introductory article on 25 years of the conference.

Dr. Judith Swan will present on science writing

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Judith Swan, Associate Director for Writing in Science and Engineering at Princeton, will be the keynote speaker for the Perspectives in Science Writing Symposium. Organized by Professor Lori Wallrath and sponsored by the Council on Teaching, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Departments of Biochemistry, Anatomy & Cell Biology, Molecular Biophysics & Physiology, Pharmacology, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the symposium will take place on April 27th from 1 – 5 pm in 2117 MERF. Admission is free and does not require registration. A reception will follow.

Biochemistry Faculty Present at Spring Meetings

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Biochemists were in high demand on the east coast this month: Dr. Adrian Elcock gave an invited talk at the New York Academy of Sciences Workshop in New York City as well as at the Biophysical Society National Meeting, Biopolymer Biophysics In Vivo Sub-group; Drs. Ernie Fuentes and Madeline Shea both gave talks at the Biophysical Society National meeting in Baltimore; and Dr. David Price spoke at the Experimental Biology meeting in Washington, D.C.

Annual Retreat date set for Aug 28

Monday, May 10th, 2010

The Department will hold its Annual Retreat on Saturday, August 28, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Brechler Press Box of historic Kinnick Stadium. This will be a great event to see presentations from faculty, post-docs and students conducting research in the department and to launch the 2010-2011 academic year. Family members and significant others are invited to lunch at noon. Please stay tuned for information on the scientific program.

Annual Biochemistry Kickoff Event

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Props to Michael Feldkamp, John Prior and Xiao Peng for organizing this year’s Department of Biochemistry academic year kickoff event.  The theme was “The Best is Yet to Come.”   (more…)

FUTURE Program talks and posters

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The FUTURE (Fostering Undergraduate Talent – Uniting Research and Education) in Biomedicine Program is providing a unique learning experience for a group of Iowa college professors and their students from around Iowa.  See talks and posters from the FUTURE program today in the Kelch Conference Room at 2 pm.  (more…)