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Archive for May, 2011

Four students awarded ICRU Fellow Summer Scholarships

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Congratulations to four Biochemistry undergraduates who received Iowa Center for Research for Undergraduates (ICRU) fellowships this summer. The fellowship provides the students with a stipend to work on a faculty member’s research projects. Students are chosen based on the proposed course of study and their academic achievements.

  • Rutviben Patel
    Mentor: Charles Brenner
    Nicotinamide Riboside Metabolism in Yeast Cells
  • Ashley Angell
    Mentor: Kris DeMali
    Vinculin Y822 Cell-Matrix Adhesion
  • David Simoens
    Mentor: Lori Wallrath
    The Role of Chromatin Proteins in Gene Expression
  • Dylan Thiemann
    Mentor: Lori Wallrath
    The Role of Lamins in Gene Expression

Three biochemistry undergraduates awarded summer fellowships

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Congratulations to three Biochemistry students who are flying off campus for summer studies. Emmalee Boyle, Wallrath Lab, received a study abroad scholarship to study health care in Seville, Spain.  Allyson Mayer, Brenner Lab, was also a recipient of a study abroad scholarship to Spain.  She will be studying Spanish language in Valladolid. Rini Kasinathan, Geyer Lab, is a summer fellow in  John Stamatoyannopouls’ laboratory at the University of Washington Genome Sciences Department.

Madeline Shea wins Michael J. Brody Service Award

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Congratulations to Madeline Shea who was recently selected, along with UI Professors David Drake and Tonya Peeples, as a recipient of the 2011 Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in service. Named for the late Michael J. Brody, this award is given annually to outstanding faculty members to recognize their service to the University and State communities.

Dr. Shea has been a faculty member since 1989. She is internationally known as a pioneer in statistical thermodynamic models of complex biological systems.

In addition to classroom teaching of undergraduate, graduate and medical students, Professor Shea has been the PhD and MS advisor for 11 students, served on the thesis committees of 45 graduate students, and mentored a remarkable 38 undergraduate students in her laboratory.

Professor Shea is the developer and director of the Carver College of Medicine FUTURE Program.  FUTURE supports faculty members and undergraduates from Iowa undergraduate institutions to spend the summer working in collaboration with UI faculty members. Click here for the UI News Service press release.

Rebecca Fagan is an American Cancer Society Fellow

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Congratulations to Rebecca Fagan on the award of an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship. A PhD from University of Michigan, Dr. Fagan is a fellow in the Brenner laboratory working on the enzymology and inhibition of DNA methyltransferase 1.

Dr. Tyson Shepherd

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Congratulations are due to our newest PhD, Tyson Shepherd. A student of Ernesto Fuentes, Dr. Shepherd successfully defended his thesis on “Structural and Thermodynamic Origins of Distinct Specificity of PDZ Domain in the Tiam Family of GEF Proteins.”  

Dr. Shepherd will be starting his postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. Anthony Forster at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden in September. Dr. Forster’s lab specializes in synthetic biology including artificial amino acid incorporation and designing a minimal synthetic cell.

Juhn and Dankle inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Congratulations are due to Kate Juhn and Geoffrey Dankle, senior Biochemistry majors who were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society at the University of Iowa. Phi Beta Kappa Society is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization in the United States. Both Kate and Geoffrey are completing a major in a Department in addition to Biochemistry. Kate is a double-major in Biochemistry and Anthropology, while Geoffrey is a double-major in Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Department mourns passing of Ruth Ann Henriksen

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Ruth Ann Henriksen an international authority on blood clotting, who earned her PhD in Biochemistry in 1985 with Whyte Owen, has passed away. Her career was an inspiration to many scientists including William Church of Green Mountain Antibodies, Sriram Krishnaswamy of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Peter Lollar of Emory University, who established the Ruth Ann Henriksen Biochemistry Fund in her honor. Dr. Henriksen’s legacy is one of courage and commitment to the three part mission of research, education and service to the community. Since its establishment in 2009, the Henriksen Fund has drawn donations from more than a dozen friends, family and colleagues of Dr. Henriksen, and has become a major supporter of the FUTURE in Biomedicine Faculty Fellows program.

Perspectives on Science Writing

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Located in the only UNESCO City of Literature in the western hemisphere, Iowa is internationally known as the Writing University. Thus, it was only natural that the University played host to a two day workshop on Science Writing on April 27 and 28. This unique symposium brought together communications experts and scientists, who are dedicated to effectively communicating complex scientific findings. Approximately 80 people attended the symposium and 125 attended the scientific-writing workshop. Attendees came from both sides of the river and represented a broad spectrum of disciplines. In addition, scores of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows discussed science writing over lunch. Organized by Lori Wallrath, Perspectives on Science Writing was sponsored by the Council on Teaching, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Departments of Biochemistry, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Molecular Biophysics & Physiology, Pharmacology, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Two Faculty Fellows from FUTURE in Biomedicine Program Placed in Biochemistry

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The FUTURE in Biomedicine Program directed by Madeline Shea has announced the selection of the 2011 incoming class of faculty fellows and their accompanying students. This class will represent six Iowa schools:  Buena Vista University, Coe College, Cornell College, Mt. Mercy College, Waldorf College and Wartburg College.  Two fellows and their students will be working in Biochemistry laboratories.

College of Medicine FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellow Kristy McClellan of Buena Vista University is bringing her student, Caitlin Hof, to work with Pamela Geyer on transcription factor function in development.

Ruth Ann Henriksen FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellow Maria Dean of Coe College is bringing her student, Katelyn Marshall, to work with Sheila Baker on Xenopus as a model system for expression of secreted proteins.