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Aug 19, 2009

What is the best way to encourage science in Africa?

Some African scientists come to the United States to train and then return to their home countries to teach and perform research.

James Ntambi took a different approach - after receiving his Ph.D. he remained in the United States and now leads a lab at the University of Wisconsin, where he trains African scientists and teaches Americans what life is like in Uganda.

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Aug 10, 2009

Professor Emeritis Ross Inman, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2009.  Ross was a faculty member in Biochem and the Institute for Molecular Virology for more than 42 years, retiring from active science only last December. Ross conducted his research at Bock Labs and made major contributions in the field of DNA research.

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Jul 20, 2009

Professor Perry Frey, whose penetrating analyses of enzyme mechanisms have captivated the scientific community for more than 45 years, has been selected to present the second Gordon Hammes ACS Biochemistry Lecture at the 2010 ACS National meeting. The choice of Professor Frey recognizes his work on many problems, which has expanded the frontiers of the field of enzyme mechanisms.

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Jun 23, 2009

A fundamental question about how sugar units are strung together into long carbohydrate chains has also pinpointed a promising way to target new medicines against tuberculosis. Kiessling Lab.

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Jun 16, 2009

Dr. Chris Mayne, from the Hayes laboratory, won the Young Investigator Award at the recent international ACTRIMS (Americas Committee for treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis) meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Congratulations Chris!

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May 21, 2009

Dr. Hugh M. Huffman (1899-1950) was one of the founders of The Calorimetry Conference and a pioneer in the field of heat capacity measurements. This prestigious award bearing Hugh's name honors those individuals who through their lifelong research accomplishments emulate the creativity and care that Dr. Huffman demonstrated in his studies. Candidates shall have made long-term contributions to thermodynamics involving thermochemistry and/or calorimetry.

To be awarded at the 64th Calorimetry Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 28-July 2. Congratulations Dr. Record.

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May 13, 2009

Graduate student Joseph B. Binder has won the 2009 Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. This national award honors a graduate student for furthering the goals of green chemistry through research or education. Joe won the award for developing simple processes to transform crude biomass into useful fuels and chemicals, and for adapting olefin metathesis reactions to aqueous solvents. He will receive the Hancock award at a ceremony at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, DC on June 22nd. Joe is a chemistry Ph.D. student in the group of...

Apr 15, 2009

Gift aims to build bridge to Madison for Bangladeshi scientists

There was no well-worn path leading the late Kamaluddin Ahmad to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's biochemistry department, but come he did. Born and raised in a family of modest means in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Ahmad excelled at the University of Dhaka and then traveled to Madison for his graduate studies, receiving his Ph.D. in 1949. He then returned to Bangladesh, where he tackled some of the country's worst nutrition problems, founding and developing the University of Dhaka's biochemistry and pharmacy...

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Apr 13, 2009

Congratulations to Biochem recipients:

Excellence in Research
Fariba Assadi-Porter

WALSAA Outstanding Advisor Award
David Nelson

Excellence in International Activities Award
James Ntambi

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Apr 10, 2009

Douglas Weibel is the recipient of the 2009 UW-Madison Research-Service Grant Award.

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Apr 10, 2009

Congratulations to John Leonard, Biochemistry undergrad and member of the Ansari Laboratory, for runner-up honor in the Theodore Herfurth and Teddy Kubly Awards for Initiative and Efficiency.

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Apr 02, 2009

A Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship has been awarded to Sean McMaster, a junior Biochemistry major, on the basis of academic merit.

Feb 26, 2009

Dr. Raines has provided fundamental insight into the stability of collagen and other proteins; discovered an RNA-cleaving enzyme that is a clinical anti-cancer agent; and developed processes to synthesize proteins and convert biomass into fuels and chemicals. 

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Feb 23, 2009

Two members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty are among 72 scientists from around the world who have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Elected as fellows are Ann Palmenberg, a virologist and UW-Madison professor of biochemistry, and M. Thomas Record, a UW-Madison professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Professor Emeritus William Reznikoff has also been named a fellow.

American Academy of Microbiology fellows are elected annually through a highly selective peer-review process. Election is based on scientific achievement and a...

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Feb 13, 2009

A multi-institutional team of researchers has deciphered the complete genetic sequences of all of the world's 99 known strains of human rhinovirus, the viruses responsible for the common cold. The sequences provide a detailed blueprint for the virus, showing how new strains develop and revealing pressure points that may lead to new antiviral drugs. Here, a rhinovirus particle at atomic resolution is superimposed over a representation of the RNA molecule that encodes the virus genome