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Wed, Oct 14, 2009

College of Chemical & Life Sciences Alumni Association Chapter is Revived

After several years of being dormant, The College of Chemical and Life Sciences Alumni Association Chapter is now alive and well! Four dedicated alumni have agreed to serve as officers of our chapter and we are very happy to have them on board. We welcome: Dr. Tom Ng ('89, Biochemistry), President; Dr. Albert Epshteyn ('01, Chemistry, PhD, '06, Chemistry), Vice President; Dr. Elizabeth Read-Connole (MS, '92, Microbiology, PhD, '00, Microbiology), Secretary; Dr. Teresa McTeigue ('84, Zoology), Treasurer.

Thu, Oct 1, 2009

Leor Weinberger (BS '98) Awarded 2009 NIH New Innovator Award

Leor WeinbergerThe National Institutes of Health has just announced that alumnus Leor Weinberger (BS '98) has been awarded a prestigious 2009 New Innovator Award. This award, which provides $1.5 million dollars of research support over a 5-year period, is intended "to support exceptionally creative young investigators who propose highly innovative research ideas that have the potential for unusually high impact" on an important biomedical challenge. Dr. Weinberger is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego, where his research efforts are devoted to dynamical systems biology. During his undergraduate years in the College of Chemical & Life Sciences, his research projects were supported by two HHMI Undergraduate Fellowships under the mentorships of Drs. Marco Colombini (Biology) and Todd Cooke (Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics).
Thu, Oct 1, 2009

Jonathan D. Dinman

Jonathan D. Dinman was quoted (and pictured) in the August issue of Science magazine's Science Careers section in an article entitled "The Evolving Postdoctoral Experience." Dinman also presented a platform presentation at the "Ribosome Biogenesis" meeting at Regensburg, Germany, and at the "Protein Synthesis and Translational Control" meeting in Heidelberg Germany. He also gave a lecture at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin Germany.
Thu, Oct 1, 2009

College Faculty Bring in Three NIH Training Grants

The College of Chemical and Life Sciences was the recipient of an unprecedented three NIH training grants this year in Cell and Molecular Biology (Dr. Leslie Pick (ENTM), PI), Virology (Dr. Anne Simon (CBMG), PI), and Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing (Drs. Arthur Popper (BIOL) and Robert Dooling (BSOS), co-PIs).
Tue, Sep 29, 2009

Students Investigate Diabetes and Strep Throat in Lab Case Study Developed by HPI Teaching Group

Is a diabetic more susceptible to strep throat? Students in BSCI 424 Pathogenic Microbiology are addressing this question in lab. Their work builds upon findings of Kevin McIver, Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, who studies the virulence in Streptococcus pyogenes, the causative agent of strep throat. "Students are coming up with models that we did not expect," said Boots Quimby, Instructor of the course lab and author of the case study. "They are thinking creatively and asking really great questions. We wrote this case study to help students understand how scientific research generates new information. It seems to be working! Students are engaging in their own discovery and connecting to research questions that are part of active investigations in McIver's labs."