The Changing Face of Science Reflected in Exciting New Courses

Exciting advances in science are reflected in at least 9 new courses to be offered by the Division of Science. From epigenetics to medicinal enzymology to stem cells to MATLAB, these courses will expose students to some of the frontiers of new knowledge in science.

Details of the courses offered can be found on the following pages

Summer Research

During the summer of 2010, over 50 undergraduates worked in faculty laboratories at Brandeis doing science research. The undergraduates were sponsored by the NSF MRSEC grant, ARRA funding from NINDS, the Beckman Foundation, and other federal and private sources. The ten-week summer program included weekly research seminars that were multidisciplinary with a wide variety of topics. The program culminated in a poster session at the end of the summer, held in the spacious atrium of the new Shapiro Science building. The poster session provided an excellent opportunity for faculty, students and post-docs to informally discuss their new research findings.

Boston Regional Inorganic Colloquium

The 22nd Boston Regional Inorganic Colloquium (BRIC) will be held at Brandeis University this Saturday, June 12, 2010 in Gerstenzang 123.  BRIC meetings are held several times a year at rotating universities in the “Boston region” (which, at this point has grown to expand all over the northeast). We would be delighted if you would join us for the event on Saturday.  Please RSVP to Chris Thomas (thomasc at if you plan to attend.


9-9:30 Refreshments
9:30 Dr. Anthony Fernandez (Merrimack College)
“Studies on the C-N Oxidative Addition Reactions of Pincer Complexes of Rh”
10:30 Dr. John Caradonna (Boston University)
11:30 Thomas Teets (Nocera group, MIT)
“Halogen Photoreductive Elimination from Late Transition Metal Complexes”
12:30 Lunch (free with registration)
2:00 Dr. Jianfeng Jiang (Yeshiva Univeristy)
“Synthetic Approach to the Active Sites of Hydrogenase”
3:00 Dr. Peter Caravan (Harvard/MGH)
“Lanthanide Coordination Chemistry, Biophysics, and Biomedical MRI”

Sponsors:  Strem Chemicals, Inc.; LC Technology Solutions Inc.; Sigma-Aldrich Inc.; M. Braun, Inc.

Special Thanks to the Brandeis Chemistry Department for generous funds and to members of the Thomas group for helping to organize this event.

From sequence to consequence: Petsko-Ringe lab celebration

From Sequence to Consequence: Celebrating 30 Years of Science with
Dagmar Ringe and Greg Petsko

June 18-19, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Shapiro Auditorium

On September 4, 1980, Drs. Dagmar Ringe and Greg Petsko entered into an official collaboration, and the scientific community has never been the same since.  Now, 30 years later, their joint lab at Brandeis University is putting together a symposium to celebrate their combined lifetimes of achievement.  This 2-day event features 20 speakers who either trained or collaborated with the lab, plus a dinner reception on Friday night.  Registration is now open to all members of the Brandeis community.  Details and registration can be found at  The registration code is scc30.

Dagmar and Greg

Petsko elected to APS

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

New undergraduate specialization in Chemical Biology

The Brandeis Department of Chemistry now offers a B.A. or B.S. degree with specialization in Chemical Biology. The requirements for the degree are described in the university bulletin. — look in the section Requirements for the Major, towards the bottom.

More information: What Is Chemical Biology?

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