NSF gives Zvonimir Dogic Teacher-Scholar award

Asst. Professor of Physics Zvonimir Dogic has won a $500,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development Program. The five-year award supports junior faculty who “exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through oustanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations,” according to the NSF. Dogic’s research seeks to explain how biopolymers organize themselves into macroscopic materials.

2010 Beckman Scholars

active site of thymidylate kinase colored by conservation of residues between humans and Cryptosporidium parvumBrandeis was recently awarded a grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation through their Beckman Scholars Program. This grant will support two students each through two summers and one academic year of undergraduate research.

Philip Braunstein and Jessica Hutcheson have been named the 2010 Beckman Scholars.  Braunstein (class of 2012) is a Biochemistry major identifying parasite-selective inhibitors of pyrimidine biosynthesis in the Hedstrom laboratory.  Hutcheson (2011) is a Biochemistry/Neruoscience major investigating the molecular processes that determine memory in the Griffith laboratory.

Congratulations to the winners!

Department of Education grant awarded to Dr. Melissa Kosinski-Collins

As a former T.A. for Introduction to Biology Lab, the core Biology course required of all undergraduate Biology and Pre-med majors, I remember the challenges of trying to help 25 students all try to load their DNA samples onto one gel.  Then there was the subsequent Great Trek to the Gel Doc which was housed up a flight of stairs in a space only large enough to permit groups of 4 students to see what was going on.  Yes, Science is tough– but limited equipment should not be the main reason for this.

Thanks to Dr. Melissa Kosinski-Collins‘ efforts in applying for and receiving a grant from the Department of Education, future students of Intro Bio Lab will have access to their own Gel Doc, specrophotometers, new incubators, a fluorimeter, and perhaps most impressively an atomic force microscope.  And all of this housed in beautiful new teaching labspace  in the Shapiro Science Center.

The official title of the grant is “Key to the university program: Equipment for development of an interdisciplinary research experience into the undergraduate science laboratory.”

Petsko elected to APS

Greg Petsko, Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society.

Haber elected to NAS

Brandeis Biology Professor Jim Haber has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, according to a story at Brandeis NOW. For more about Prof. Haber and his laboratory’s research accomplishments, please see the Haber Lab website.

Brandeis professor and postdoc alumni win Searle Scholars grants

One Brandeis professor and two of our former postdocs are among the 15 recipients of the competitive Searle Scholars awards for 2010. Nelson Lau, an assistant professor in the Biology Dept., won for his work on “Germline Genome Regulation by Piwi Proteins and Small RNAs”. Katie Henzler-Wildman is a former postdoc from the Kern lab in Biochemistry who now has a lab at Washington Univ. in St. Louis. Katie received a grant to study “The Role of Protein Dynamics in Multidrug Resistance Transport Activity”. David Biron, an alumnus of the Sengupta Lab who is now an assistant professor at U. Chicago, received a grant to study “Understanding Lethargus: The Sleep-Like Behavior of the Nematode C. Elegans“.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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