News 2014
 
September 10, 2014
 
Laura Kiessling in PNAS: Context Matters   

Now, in a new study published today, Sept. 8, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has added a new wrinkle to the cell differentiation equation, showing that the stiffness of the surfaces on which stem cells are grown can exert a profound influence on cell fate.

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July 15, 2014
 
Biochemistry Sophmore Earns WALSAA Scholarship   

The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association recently continued its proud tradition of promoting student excellence at UW–Madison.

Amanda Belltrame chosen as one of ten outstanding sophomores through a rigorous prescreening process that focused equally on academic achievement, campus involvement/leadership, community service, and relevant experience.

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June 27, 2014
 
The Shocking Truth About Electric Fish   

“These fish have converted a muscle to an electric organ,” explains Mike Sussman, a professor of biochemistry and director of the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center. The six electric fish lineages, all of which evolved independently, used essentially the same genes and developmental and cellular pathways to make an electric organ.

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June 17, 2014
 
Aaron Hoskins Receives Shaw Award   

The annual award supports emerging investigators with innovative ideas in biochemistry, biological sciences and cancer research.

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June 9, 2014
 
Tucker Carrocci wins RNA Society poster award   

Tucker Carrocci from the Hoskins Lab won the 2014 Biochemistry Poster Prize for "innovation in the study of RNA biochemistry" at the 2014 RNA Society Meeting in Quebec City, Canada.  His poster was entitled "Deoxyribozymes for Preparation of Fluorescent Pre-mRNAs without Splinted Ligation".



June 3, 2014
 
The most detailed images yet of tiny cellular machines   

UW-Madison's David Brow, Samuel Butcher and colleagues have captured images of the splicesome, revealing details never seen before.

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May 13, 2014
 
Congrats 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellows   

Danielle Lohman (Pagliarini Lab) and Sandy Tseng (Ansari Lab) have earned 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowships.

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May 8, 2014
 
Rachel Dvorak wins Goldwater Scholarship   

Each year, an American university may nominate only four undergraduates for a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards in the U.S. conferred upon undergraduates studying the sciences.

Rachel Dvorak, an undergrad junior majoring in biochemistry has won a 2014 Goldwater Scholarship. Rachel currently is working in Mike Cox's lab. She hopes to receive a doctorate in neurology, as well as a medical degree, in order to conduct research in neurology. She aims to develop treatments and prevention methods for dementia-related diseases and disorders.

Rachel will soon be departing Madison for the summer to study in England as a 2014 member of the SCORE Program.


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May 1, 2014
 
Doug Weibel Earns the Class of 1955 Distinguished Teaching Award   

In special recognition of his distinctive contributions to teaching excellence at the University of Wisconsin.

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May 1, 2014
 
Congratulations 2014-15 Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellows   

Allison Abellaneda, Willdonger Lab
Matthew Ashton, Hoskins Lab
Emily Baumann, Audhya Lab
Daniel Chantigian, Holden Lab
Sherry Cheng, Record Lab
Rachel Dvorak, Cox Lab
Victoria Heinrich, Weibel Lab
Isabel Johnson, Pagliarini Lab
Honghong Liao, Butcher Lab
Jiayue Liu, Ansari Lab
Victoria Martino, DeLuca Lab
Jennifer Nguyen, Willdonger Lab

Award recipients will be recognized at the Chancellor's Undergraduate Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 5, 2014, from 7-8:30 p.m., in Memorial Union's Great Hall.




April 28, 2014
 
Chin Leng Cheng wins Book Store Award   

Chin Leng Cheng has won a University Book Store Award this semester for his work on RNA processing enzymes. Chin Leng is a senior undergraduate biochemistry major working under the tutelage of Dr. Kevin Desai in the Raines Lab. Chin Leng will matriculate to graduate school at Yale University this fall.

Supported by a generous grant from the University Book Store, this award recognizes undergraduate students who have completed an outstanding independent project, such as a senior thesis, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



April 28, 2014
 
Biochemistry Undergrad Travel Award Winners   

Congratulations to the 2014 Biochemistry Undergraduate Travel Award winners:

T. Reid Alderson:  John Markley Lab
Matthew Ashton:  Aaron Hoskins Lab
Honghong Liao:  Samuel Butcher Lab
Hung Tae Kim:  Dr. Jay Yang (Dept. of Anesthesiology) and Dr. Daniel Resnick (Dept. of Neurosurgery)

They are all doing slightly different things, but in general the Biochemistry Travel Awards fund undergraduates for: " travel, including airfare, lodging, or conference registration fees. Can include attendance at a scientific meeting/conference, delivering a poster or oral presentation, travel to a summer research opportunity domestic or abroad, etc."

T. Reid Alderson:  John Markley Lab
also received a travel award from ASBMB-NSF to speak at the Annual ASBMB Meeting, in the Protein Folding and Synthesis session.



April 18, 2014
 
Emily Zytkiewicz (Record Lab) Earns Scholarship   

Emily Zytkiewicz, a junior Biochemistry major, is the recipient of the 2014 Adult Student Scholarship Award. Congratulations!



April 18, 2014
 
Amanda Beltrame Named Alpha-Helix Scholar   

Amanda Beltrame, a sophomore Biochemistry major, is the 2014 Alpha-Helix Scholar.

The Perry and Carolyn Frey Life Sciences Scholarship Fund is named not only in tribute to Professor Frey’s outstanding teaching and research career, but also honors Perry and Carolyn’s dedication to the many people they influenced and touched in some way over the years.

The fund supports the α-Helix Scholarship, which is awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in the Departments of Biochemistry, Bacteriology, Genetics, or Nutritional Sciences within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



April 16, 2014
 
Douglas Weibel wins Pound Research Award   

Doug Weibel is the 2014 recipient of the UW-College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Pound Research Award. The award is given to honor an outstanding early career CALS research scientist and to promote continued excellence in research.

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April 3, 2014
 
Ron Raines Appointed to WARF Professorship   

Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Biology, has produced an enzyme in clinical trials as an anti-cancer agent, created stable synthetic collagens and devised chemical processes to convert biomass into refined fuels and chemicals.

The Professorship provides recognition for distinguished research contributions of the UW-Madison faculty. The awards are intended to honor those faculty who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge, primarily through their research endeavors, but also as a result of their teaching and service activities.

The appointment, which include $75,000 in research support from WARF over five years.

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March 28, 2014
 
37th Steenbock Symposium: The Future of Chemical Biology   

The 37th Steenbock Symposium “The Future of Chemical Biology” will be held at Ebling Auditorium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison June 5-7, 2014. The symposium, organized by Dr. Laura Kiessling, will feature research presentations from over twenty exceptional chemical biologists from the United States and Canada.

April 15, 2014 is the deadline to submit poster abstracts and to receive a discounted registration fee.

Registration closes on May 28, 2014. Please see the web-site for more information and to register.

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March 28, 2014
 
36th Steenbock Symposium: Enzyme Structure and Function   

This symposium is hosted by the Department of Biochemistry and is in honor of the life of W. W. Cleland,
our colleague and friend. The symposium will bring together leading scientists in the field to discuss their
most recent research activities, and how they have been influenced by Professor Cleland’s remarkable
contributions to enzyme chemistry.

The symposium promises to be both a great scientific experience as well as a chance for friends to
come together to celebrate the life of our “mechanistic hero.”

Abstract and Registration
Deadline: Early registration by February 28th; regular registration by April 15th

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March 25, 2014
 
Dedication ceremony of the Hector F. Deluca Biochemical Sciences Complex   

Please join the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biochemistry, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences for a public dedication ceremony of the Hector F. Deluca Biochemical Sciences Complex.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Biochemical Sciences Atrium and Courtyard
440 Henry Mall
Madison, WI  53706

Picnic lunch 12:00 p.m.
Program 1:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served while supplies last.



March 24, 2014
 
Laura Kiessling Wins National American Chemical Society Award   

Laura Kiessling will receive the Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry. The award, established in 1986, is sponsored by the Alfred R. Bader Fund.

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March 24, 2014
 
Cox Lab in the News   

Capitalizing on the ability of an organism to evolve in response to punishment from a hostile environment, scientists have coaxed the model bacterium Escherichia coli to dramatically resist ionizing radiation and, in the process, reveal the genetic mechanisms that make the feat possible.

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March 12, 2014
 
Ron Raines Named Givaudan-Karrer Distinguished Visiting Professor   

The University of Zurich has named Professor Ron Raines as the 2014 Givaudan-Karrer Distinguished Visiting Professor. The professorship is named for Paul Karrer, a Swiss Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and is sponsored by Givaudan SA, a Swiss manufacturer of flavorings and fragrances. Professor Raines will present a series of 12 lectures at Universität Zürich in April 2014.

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January 27, 2014
 
Sussman and group identify key pathway for plant cell growth   

The new study describes a hormone secreted by the plant and a surface receptor known as a protein kinase. The hormone uses the receptor to influence a cell’s ability to elongate, to accommodate the growth and development of roots, stems, leaves and other plant parts.

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January 14, 2014
 
Rika Khadria Wins 'Dance Your Ph.D.' Competition   

Ambalika (Rika) Khadria, a doctoral candidate in biochemistry in the Senes lab, found the right moves to demonstrate her methods for exploring the proteins key to cell division in bacteria, choreographing a winning entry in the 2013 Dance Your Ph.D. contest sponsored by Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The 'FRETting' tendency of the bacterial protein! from Ambalika Khadria on Vimeo.



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