Fall 2010 Brandeis Magazine on Campus

The Fall 2010 issue of Brandeis Magazine is on campus and will soon be mailed to alumni. This issue launched a new design, a companion website and a new name.

Cover of Fall 2010 issueBrowse inside and you’ll find in-depth coverage of Brandeis scientists and their research, as well as stories about undergraduates engaged in research in leading labs, profiles of alums in science and other science-related news. The cover story, written by science writer Deborah Halber ’80, profiles Liane Carter ’76 as she reflects on life with her autistic son, Mickey, now a 17-year-old facing an uncertain adulthood. Weaving into the story the research of neuroscientists Don Katz, Susan Birren and Sacha Nelson, along with Heller experts Marji Erickson Warfield and Susan Parish, Halber offers a vivid glimpse into this excruciatingly complex spectrum of disorders. And don’t forget to read the sidebar “My Life on the Spectrum” by Jake Crosby ’11.

A work in progress, the new magazine aims to include more coverage of scientists and their scholarship, arts and culture, along with features about alumni, faculty and students whose lives, jobs or personalities make for strong, compelling stories of interest to Brandeisians. The magazine includes two new columns. “Turning Points” is where alumni authors share their pivotal experiences and “aha” moments, while “Perspective” is reserved for faculty who want to pen an opinion piece that draws on their research interests.

So, check out the magazine and the website, which also allows you to share articles and find additional books by faculty and alumni. Please send comments and story ideas to gardner@brandeis.edu.

Biophysical Society Meeting this weekend

The 2009 Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society is in Boston this coming weekend (Feb 28 – Mar 4, 2009). As usual, a strong contingent of Brandeis researchers will be presenting at the meeting. A list of Brandeis related posters is available if you want to catch up with your colleagues at the meeting, or use the itinerary planner online.

New structural model for IMPDH

Members of the Hedstrom lab have cooked up a new structural model for inosine-5′-monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH), see below:

Confectioner's model of IMPDH

Edible model of IMPDH

Tax Help 101

Mark Metevier from Student Activities wrote:

[…] I have found that a shocking number of our students do not know they have to file a federal and a state(s) tax return. HR Block has generously agreed to come onto campus on Wednesday at 3:00 PM in the SCC Multipurpose Room for a Tax Help Session. There will be a short presentation on what students should look out for as first time file-ers/ as student file-ers and of course there will be a questions and answer part. […] I had this presentation for my student employees last year and it was a huge help for all of them. I strongly suggest that all student [employees] attend.

New building approaching completion

There’s a new slideshow of the Shapiro Science Center on the main campus website. Looks like we are still on track for labs to start moving in February.

Commencement 2009

In case you like to plan way ahead, the schedule for Commencement in May has been released. The main ceremony will be at 10:30 am. The Life Sciences mini-Commencement will be at 1:30 pm in the Gosman Main Arena.

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