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Mar 28, 2014

This symposium is hosted by the Department of Biochemistry and is in honor of the life of W. W. Cleland,
our colleague and friend. The symposium will bring together leading scientists in the field to discuss their
most recent research activities, and how they have been influenced by Professor Cleland’s remarkable
contributions to enzyme chemistry.

The symposium promises to be both a great scientific experience as well as a chance for friends to
come together to celebrate the life of our “mechanistic hero.”

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Mar 28, 2014

The 37th Steenbock Symposium “The Future of Chemical Biology” will be held at Ebling Auditorium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison June 5-7, 2014. The symposium, organized by Dr. Laura Kiessling, will feature research presentations from over twenty exceptional chemical biologists from the United States and Canada.

April 15, 2014 is the deadline to submit poster abstracts and to receive a discounted registration fee.

Registration closes on May 28, 2014. Please see the web-site for more information and to register.

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Mar 25, 2014

Please join the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biochemistry, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences for a public dedication ceremony of the Hector F. Deluca Biochemical Sciences Complex.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Biochemical Sciences Atrium and Courtyard
440 Henry Mall
Madison, WI  53706

Picnic lunch 12:00 p.m.
Program 1:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served while supplies last.

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Mar 24, 2014

Capitalizing on the ability of an organism to evolve in response to punishment from a hostile environment, scientists have coaxed the model bacterium Escherichia coli to dramatically resist ionizing radiation and, in the process, reveal the genetic mechanisms that make the feat possible.

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Mar 24, 2014

Laura Kiessling will receive the Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry. The award, established in 1986, is sponsored by the Alfred R. Bader Fund.

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Mar 12, 2014

The University of Zurich has named Professor Ron Raines as the 2014 Givaudan-Karrer Distinguished Visiting Professor. The professorship is named for Paul Karrer, a Swiss Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and is sponsored by Givaudan SA, a Swiss manufacturer of flavorings and fragrances. Professor Raines will present a series of 12 lectures at Universität Zürich in April 2014.

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Jan 27, 2014

The new study describes a hormone secreted by the plant and a surface receptor known as a protein kinase. The hormone uses the receptor to influence a cell’s ability to elongate, to accommodate the growth and development of roots, stems, leaves and other plant parts.

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Jan 14, 2014

Ambalika (Rika) Khadria, a doctoral candidate in biochemistry in the Senes lab, found the right moves to demonstrate her methods for exploring the proteins key to cell division in bacteria, choreographing a winning entry in the 2013 Dance Your Ph.D. contest sponsored by Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Nov 26, 2013

UW-Madison senior, Biochemistry major, Drew Birrenkott of McFarland, Wis. has been awarded a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship.

Oct 30, 2013

In a pair of landmark studies that exploit the genetic sequencing of the “missing link” cold virus, rhinovirus C, scientists at UW-Madison have constructed a three-dimensional model of the pathogen that shows why there is no cure yet for the common cold.

Oct 23, 2013

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Laura Kiessling was a presenter at the 8th annual Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (DCH) Symposium on Oct. 10. At the event, Kiessling was awarded the Hofmann medal in recognition of her outstanding career.

Oct 01, 2013

A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) is a hard lot. Patients typically get the diagnosis around age 30 after experiencing a series of neurological problems such as blurry vision, wobbly gait or a numb foot. From there, this neurodegenerative disease follows an unforgiving course.

Many people with MS start using some kind of mobility aid — cane, walker, scooter or wheelchair — by 45 or 50, and those with the most severe cases are typically bed-bound by 60. The medications that are currently available don't do much to slow the relentless march of the disease.

Sep 10, 2013

For nearly a decade, scientists have thought that they understood how plants produce lignin — a compound that gives plant tissues their structure and sturdiness, but can limit their use as a source of biofuels.

Now, thanks to a collaboration involving the U.S. Department of Energy Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and several international institutions, researchers have identified a new gene responsible for producing a previously unknown enzyme that is central to lignin synthesis. The breakthrough, which was recently published in Science (6 Sept. 2013, vol 341 #6150),...

Aug 29, 2013

In an era of widespread genetic sequencing, the ability to edit and alter an organism's DNA is a powerful way to explore the information within and how it guides biological function. A paper from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the August issue of the journal GENETICS takes genome editing to a new level in fruit flies, demonstrating a remarkable level of fine control and, importantly, the transmission of those engineered genetic changes across generations.

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Aug 12, 2013

New approaches for studying ribonucleoprotein biogenesis and recycling The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.