2nd Boston Symposium of Encoded Library Platforms to be held Aug. 4

BSELP imageThe Brandeis Chemistry Department, together with GlaxoSmithKline and Pharmaron, is hosting the 2nd Boston Symposium of Encoded Library Platforms on August 4th in the Shapiro Theater. This symposium will feature 8 speakers from industry and academic labs, covering the newest developments in the technology of encoded small molecule libraries and related topics.

For several decades, major efforts have gone into discovering drug leads by high-throughput screening, in which “libraries” of thousands to millions of random compounds are tested in a highly repetitive fashion for biological activity, such as the ability to inhibit an enzyme. A new and elegant alternative to this process is the use of encoded libraries, in which each random molecule within the library bears a “tag” of DNA with a unique sequence. Libraries containing hundreds of millions of DNA-tagged compounds can be incubated with a target protein in a single tube, and those which bind to the target can be identified by high-throughput sequencing of the DNA barcodes in the protein-bound fraction. This approach has gained great popularity in the last few years, and is just this week the cover story of Chemical & Engineering News.

MassBio Info Session Rescheduled to February 24 at 3:30 PM

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MassBio was cancelled on Feb. 8th due to the snowstorm. It has been rescheduled to Feb. 24th.

MassBio represents over 670 companies, both biotech/pharma and life science service providers, and its goal is to advance the life science industry by providing great resources to its members and by being an advocate for the industry. Brandeis is a member of MassBio and as such members can benefit from  great savings on the lab and office supplies. In addition, member companies have access to FREE visibility opportunities with MassBio’s website and social media platforms. However, there are many additional benefits that Brandeis students and faculty can take full advantage of as  individuals.

We have access to FREE networking and professional development opportunities through their regularly scheduled Forums and Mixers.  Members also receive individual discounts on local businesses and restaurants through their Employee Perks Program. And, each person at Brandeis can sign up for their own Member Portal Account to access great resources such as live-streamed Forums, archives of recorded Forums and a Knowledge Base of white papers.

Brandeis’ 1st Innovation Showcase to be held 11/3/15

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How is Brandeis changing the world? Brandeis’ first Innovation Showcase will feature poster presentations by the recipients of Brandeis’ SPARK and SPROUT awards. From 12pm-3pm on November 3rd at the Shapiro Science Center Atrium at the Brandeis Campus located in Waltham, MA.   Join us!

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(EL)2 2011

(EL)2 2011. the Experiential Learning, Engaged Learners Symposium held each Spring at Brandeis, will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, March 24th, in the Levin Ballroom and International Lounge. Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence will be the keynote speaker. Student presenters include undergraduates from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology, as well as a wide range of other disciplines across the university, will present results from research, internships, and other learning experiences.

For more information, see the symposium website or download the symposium program (PDF).

13th Annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC)

The timing and location of this conference would seem to make it ideal for undergraduates to present their research — follow the links below if interested.

April Jewell of the NSYCC wrote:

As Chair of the Northeast Section Younger Chemist Committee (NSYCC), I would like to invite the Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Candidates from your department to participate in the 13th Annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC). I would appreciate it if you would forward this information on my behalf. The NSCRC will be held at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center on Saturday, April 30th, 2011.

The Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) is organized for students by students. It is devoted to the research of undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral chemistry students, providing a relaxed atmosphere for students to share their work. The day-long event features student poster and oral research presentations, a keynote speaker, awards, and catered lunch. The conference encourages students to network and get feedback from their peers. The 1st NSCRC was held April 24, 1999 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, April 8th, at 5pm. Please visit our website at nsycc.org for submission instructions.

Darwin's birthday

Thursday, February 12 is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.

I don’t think the sciences have anything planned, but our friends from the humanities do:

Darwin’s Doubles: Evolution, Art, and the Politics of Representation.

1:00pm to 3:30pm at the Rose Art Museum.

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