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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.

2013 Biochemistry Newsletter

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

The 2013 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.

Fuentes group publishes in JCB

Monday, June 17th, 2013

The Fuentes group has a paper in the June edition of the Journal of Cell Biology, entitled “A novel pathway spatiotemporally activates Rac1 and redox signaling in response to fluid shear stress.” Ernie Fuentes and three from his lab, including former graduate student Tyson Shepherd, former research assistant Ann Murray and former postdoc Monika Joshi published with co-authors from UNC and The Scripps Research Institute. The article is available online.

 

Xu Liu receives graduate mentor award

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Xu Liu, a graduate student in the Fuentes lab, has been awarded the Sandra H. Barkan Outstanding Graduate Mentor for 2013. The award, named for the former Associate Dean of the Graduate College, recognizes graduate students who show exceptional mentorship of undergraduates and junior graduate students. Since joining the Fuentes lab, Xu has mentored three undergraduate or junior graduate students, including Ann Murray, Lisa Golden and Josue Lopez. His recent first-author paper in Structure included Ann, who characterized the binding specificity in the syndecan family of Tiam1 PDZ domain. Xu is currently preparing two manuscripts with his other mentees, Lisa and Josue, on the inhibition and structure of Tiam PDZ domains.

Previous recipients of this award include Xiao Peng, a 2011 PhD with Kris DeMali. Congratulations, Xu!

Highlights of the third annual Biochemistry Retreat

Monday, August 27th, 2012

The 2012 Biochemistry Retreat, organized by Lori Wallrath, Todd Washington, John Brogie and Julie Lueth, was held on Saturday, August 24 at the Coralville Public Library. Short talks were given in the morning by Ernesto Fuentes, Karina Kruth (Rubenstein lab), Shyamal Subramanyam (M. Spies lab), Michael Schnieders, Brandon Davies, Charles Brenner, Jessica Maiers (DeMali lab) and Adrian Elcock. After lunch, talks were given by Maria Spies, David Price and Eric Taylor.

The poster session featured 29 posters. Eight total awards were given in three categories: in the undergraduate division, James Bullard (Geyer lab), Melinda Martin (Geyer lab) and Alexander Greiner (Rubenstein lab) won first, second and third, respectively; in the Postdoc/Research Assistant/Associate category, William Jones (M. Spies lab), Jiannan Guo (Price lab) and Christy Mei (Brenner lab) won first, second and third, respectively.

Two Lois Bigger Gehring Awards were given to support graduate student travel to research conferences. Xiaowen Sun (DeMali lab) and Yuan Pan (Baker lab) each won this award for best poster in the graduate student category.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

Next year the retreat will be centered around the Department’s 65th Birthday. Be sure to save the dates: August 23-25, 2013.

Paul Barnard, former Stellwagen RA, receives teaching awards

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Paul Barnard, a former research assistant with Dr. Nancy Stellwagen, has been awarded the Robert Noyce Scholarship for Math and Science Majors to Teach and the American Chemical Society—Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship. Congratulations to Paul!

Additionally, Dr. Stellwagen was an invited participant at an Editors’ Conference May 11-13, sponsored by the Elsevier Publishing Company, to discuss future trends in scientific journal publishing.

Rose Lee wins WISE program award

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Congratulations to Rose Lee, a third year medical student working in the Bartlett lab, who received the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program Award at the 13th annual Student Interdisciplinary Health Research Poster Session today for her presentation “Utilizing 3Ds Max Design Programs to Model Mutation-Mediated Actin Dysfunction.” Rose won one of 10 $100 awards.

Joe Laird from team Baker takes the sombrero

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

At the 7th annual Department of Biochemistry Chili Cook-off on October 29, Joe Laird from the Baker group defeated 11 other contenders in a blind taste test. Sheila’s laboratory will be the home of the chili-laden sombrero, the cook-off’s traveling trophy, for a year. The sombrero had resided in the Brenner group on the basis of Jennifer Boylston and James Geoghegan piquant concoction from the fall of 2009. Congratulations to all participants and thanks to Christine Kondratick for organization. The Department’s next major culinary/social event will be on the afternoon of December 16 at the Brenner house. Cookies anyone?

Highlights of the Annual Retreat

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Brechler Press Box of Kinnick Stadium was abuzz with Biochemists on saturday for an all-department retreat. As Hawkeye football players ran drills on the field, retreat organizer David Price asked the ~100 attendees to take seats facing the field for a special announcement. Eyes turned toward the jumbotron above the south endzone for a powerpoint tribute to the department, featuring faculty photos and a few candid shots.

Short talks were giving in the morning by Charles Brenner, Pamela Geyer, Ernesto Fuentes, Lori Wallrath and Peter Rubenstein. After lunch, short talks were given by David Price, Sheila Baker, Adrian Elcock and the department’s 2011 faculty recruit, Miles Pufall.

The poster session featured 32 posters. Eight poster awards were given in 4 divisions. Rini Kasinathan from the Geyer laboratory earned the undergraduate prize. Sarah Bergeron from the Rubenstein laboratory, Lawrence Gray from the Khademi laboratory, and Tyson Shepherd from the Fuentes laboratory won first, second and third places in the graduate student division. Jeffrey Cooper from the Price laboratory took honors among research assistants. Finally, Rebecca Fagan from the Khademi laboratory, George Dialynas from the Wallrath laboratory, and Kuo-Kuang Wen from the Rubenstein laboratory won first, second and third places in the post-doctoral division.

The retreat was clearly an energizing event for first year graduate students in attendance. Thanks to all of the presenters and to everyone for participating.