Atomic-Level Motion May Drive Bacteria's Ability to Evade Immune System Defenses
Professor David Giedroc, senior author on the study, has found evidence that extremely small changes in how atoms move in bacterial proteins can play a big role in how these microorganisms function and evolve.
The research, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is a major departure from prevailing views about the evolution of new functions in organisms, which regarded a protein's shape, or "structure," as the most important factor in controlling its activity.
Kimberly McCoy Wins Melba Phillips Award for Women in Science
Women's March on Washington Indiana (WMWIN) is pleased to announce that Kimberly McCoy (Trevor Douglas' group) is the winner of the Melba Phillips Award for Women in Science!
WMWIN will cover the cost for Kimberly to attend the March for Science this weekend in Washington, DC. Kimberly is a graduate student in the Chemistry Department at Indiana University and a regular contributor to the science blog ScIU: Conversations in Science at Indiana University.
She plans to participate in the Week of Science Action following the march, to write a blog post about her experience, and to speak with WMWIN members when she returns.
Please join us in congratulating Kimberly! Thank you for representing Indiana women at the March for Science!
Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Milos Novotny Esteemeed at ACS Chromatography Award Symposium
Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Milos Novotny, was recently esteemed while attending the ACS Chromatography Award Symposium in conjunction with the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, April 2017. The photo of the speakers representing four academic generations influenced by Milos, was taken during the symposium honoring Robert Kennedy as the recipient of the ACS Chromatography Award 2017.
From left to right: Lan Huang (University of California, Irvine); Bob Kennedy (University of Michigan); Milos Novotny (Indiana University); and Jim Jorgenson (University of North Carolina)
Also, three of the generations in the photo were ACS Chromatography Award Winners: Novotny (1986); Jorgenson (1993); Kennedy (2017).
Lushan Zhou Receives Summer Fellowship From the Electrochemical Society
Lushan Zhou (Baker group) received a summer fellowship from the Electrochemical Society (ECS). This award is one of four given world-wide and is awarded to the most promising graduate students in the field of electrochemistry. Lushan is pictured here with ECS president Dan Scherson, accepting an award on behalf of the Indiana University Student ECS Chapter last year.
Professor Sara Skrabalak named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Professor Sara Skrabalak has been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. This distinction comes with funds which the fellows can use to pursue their work with as much freedom as possible.
Distinguished Professor Krishnan Raghavachari receives the 2017 CRSI Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research
Distinguished Professor Krishnan Raghavachari is the recipient of the 2017 CRSI Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research by the Chemical Research Society of India. The medal will be presented during the national meeting to be held in Hyderabad, India in July.
LeeAnn Sager receives the 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholarship Award
LeeAnn Sager (an undergraduate student under the tutelage of Srini Iyengar) is a recent recipient of the 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholarship Award. She was selected based on academic merit from a field of 1,286 natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering students nominated by the campus representatives from among 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide. This award not only brings the recognition of academic prowess, but a scholarship that will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year
Carly Friedman has been promoted to Senior Advisor
Carly Friedman, Chemistry Advisor, was recently promoted to Senior Advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences. Carly is located in C021E.
Dr. Caitlyn McGuire defended her dissertation
Dr. Caitlyn McGuire (former student of Peters' Group) defended her dissertation "Pollution Electrocution" last year and moved to D.C. as an ACS Congressional Fellow. She is now currently serving in the office of Senator Durbin (D-IL). Caitlyn is a skilled academic researcher and utilizes her strong background in analytical methods and statistics in passion for environmental regulation and public policy. Some of her experiences include working hands-on with advanced chemical instrumentation, reviewing and writing scientific literature, studying law, public speaking, managing laboratory facilities and personnel, and mentoring younger students.
IU researchers help add greater precision to fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria
A study by Professor Mike VanNieuwenhze and researchers at Indiana University and Harvard University is the first to reveal in extreme detail the operation of the biochemical clockwork that drives cellular division in bacteria.
IU Graduate Student is an NSF GRFP Honorable Mention
Erin Hancock, in the Brown Lab, was an NSF GRFP Honorable Mention.
IU Graduate Student Wins Prestigious NSF Fellowship
Sandra Atehortua, in the Skrabalak Lab, has been selected to receive one of this year's NSF Graduate Research Student Fellowships (GRFP). This award recognizes excellent students at an early stage of their career on a path to leadership in the chemical sciences.
IU chemists create molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels
An international team of scientists led by Liang-shi Li has achieved a new milestone in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere into carbon-neutral fuels and others materials.
The chemists have engineered a molecule that uses light or electricity to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide -- a carbon-neutral fuel source -- more efficiently than any other method of "carbon reduction." Read More
Prof. Sara Skrabalak
has been selected to receive a Fulbright Award to Spain in 2018. The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, is the flagship international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.
Prof. Yan Yu
has been selected to receive a 2017 Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry. Sloan Fellows are early-career scholars who represent the most promising scientific researchers working today. Their achievements and potential place them among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada.
At the 231st meeting of the Electrochemical Society
in New Orleans LA http://www.electrochem.org/231, the 80th Birthday Trifecta in Organic Electrochemistry will honor three icons of Organic Electrochemistry: Dr. Jean Lessard, Dr. Albert Fry, and Dr. Dennis Peters. Drs. Lessard, Fry, and Peters have contributed immensely to the area of Organic Electrochemistry and covered aspects from mechanistic and kinetic aspects to electrocatalysis and electrosynthesis.
Lucy Sanchez (Yu laboratory) and Britta Rued (Winkler and Giedroc laboratories)
have agreed to serve as our inaugural QCB ambassadors and will generally function as advocates for the program among their fellow students in Chemistry and Microbiology groups.
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