Bisphenol A researchers win Gabbay Award

Bisphenol A (BPA) has been used in the synthesis of polycarbonate plastics over the years. BPA is also a powerful estrogen analog. Three researchers, Patricia Hunt (Washington State Univ.), Ana Soto (Tufts) and Carlos Sonnenschein (Tufts), will today be awarded the 2012 Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award for their work identifying the cellular and developmental effects of BPA exposure. The three will lecture today, Oct. 22, at 3:30 pm in Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library.

see also story at BrandeisNOW

Applications open for HHMI Interfaces Scholar Award Lecturer

The Quantitative Biology Program at Brandeis University, supported by a grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is now accepting applications for an award for preparing an outstanding set of three pedagogical lectures on a subject at the interface of the physical and biomedical sciences.  These lectures will be given at the Quantitative Biology Bootcamp, January 26, through January 27, 2013.  The award consists of a cash prize of $2,000.

Any graduate student or postdoctoral research associate currently at Brandeis is eligible to apply.  The application packet should consist of short  curriculum vitae and a one page outline of the three lectures.  QB faculty will work with the successful applicant in preparing the lectures.  Applications should be submitted to Jen Scappini, (jscappin at brandeis dot edu). Due date will be discussed at meeting.

An information session for potential applicants will be held on Friday, October 26th, 9:30-10:00 in Kosow 207

A list of past winners and links to their lecture presentations can be found at


Dainis ’11 Named YouTube EDU Guru

Alex Dainis ’11. Biology and Film, Television, Interactive Media double major and alumna of the Garrity lab in Biology, has been named one of ten YouTube EDU Gurus in recognition of her science education videos (mentioned here recently).

see also story by Se Jun Lee at BrandeisNOW.

Epstein named Massachusetts Academy of Sciences Fellow

Professor of Chemistry Irving Epstein has been named a Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences. Epstein joins Brandeis Professors Emeritus Carolyn Cohen and Jeff Hall, as well as Professor of Biology Eve Marder, as fellows of this academy.

The Massachusetts Academy works to promote public understanding and appreciation of the sciences, to support scientific research and education in areas relevant to the needs of the state, and to provide consultative or advisory services on matters of science to the Governor, and to local, state, and federal agencies. Epstein is an expert on dynamical systems, with a current focus on theory and experiment in oscillatory and pattern-forming chemical reactions. Epstein has also been enormously influential in the development of science education and research since coming to Brandeis. Epstein has served Brandeis among other roles as Provost, and recently has been the driving force behind the Brandeis Science Posse.

See also story at BrandeisNOW.

Elledge wins Rosenstiel Award

Professor Stephen J. Elledge of the Harvard Medical School and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has been awarded the 42nd Rosenstiel Award For Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Science  for “elucidating how eukaryotic cells sense and respond to DNA damage”. He identified key DNA damage response genes both in yeast and mammalian cells, showed how the pathway is activated by DNA lesions, and made key contributions to defining the cascade of phosphorylation events that enforces cell cycle arrest and controls DNA repair. Dr. Elledge’s work is also marked by the development of powerful research tools to uncover the network of genes involved in sensing and repairing DNA damage. His pioneering work laid the foundation for our current understanding of how failures in DNA damage sensing relate to the medically important field of genome instability.

The Rosenstiel Award consists of a cash prize and a medal, to be awarded at a dinner at Brandeis on March 14, 2013.


Materials Science poster session

The NSF funded Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) received its 5 year review on Oct 11-12, 2012 when a panel of 5 scientists and 2 NSF officials visited Brandeis and kicked the tires of our Center. The highlight of the review was lunch between the panelists and 20 MRSEC graduates students and postdocs and the poster session, shown here, in which 30 posters describing research in the Center was presented to the panel. The four MRSEC thrusts were represented in the poster session: Active Matter, Chiral Self-Assembly, Oscillating Chemical Dynamics, and Confined Polymers, plus posters on our Seeds and Facilities. Join us again in Spring for our on-campus retreat.
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