Photo of John Markley
Oct 01, 2003

The billions of proteins that compose life on Earth remain one of the truly uncharted territories in the biological universe, due mainly to the slow and arduous techniques their exploration requires.

Now, a research partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Japanese university and company aims to develop a technology that may allow scientists to map the shapes and structures of proteins more easily than ever before. The advance promises to help unlock the inner workings of hundreds or even thousands of proteins, according to UW-Madison biochemistry professor John...

Photo of Ron Raines
Sep 02, 2003

Ron Raines has been named a 2004 recipient of the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award by the American Chemical Society. The Cope Scholar Award is given to recognize and encourage excellence in organic chemistry, and consists of $5,000, a certificate, and a $40,000 unrestricted research grant. Raines has won several other national awards for his research on protein chemistry/biology, including the 1998 Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry from the American Chemical Society and a 2001-2002 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Photo of James Ntambi
Sep 01, 2003

An engineered mouse, already known to be immune to the weight gain ramifications of a high-calorie, high-fat diet, now seems able to resist the onset of diabetes.

Photo of 900 mHz NMR magnet
Jul 01, 2003

Now, with support from the National Institutes of Health, UW-Madison's National Magnetic Resonance Facility will be home to a machine capable of generating the largest NMR-quality magnetic field possible with current technology.

A $5 million award from NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences paves the way for the fall deployment of an 11-ton, 900-megahertz NMR magnet that will position the lab to remain as one of the top NMR research facilities in the world, says biochemistry professor John Markley,

"This system will enable us to examine biological processes we...

Photo of Dave Nelson
Apr 26, 2003

In addition to the Distinguished Teaching Awards presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison each year, the UW System also recognizes classroom excellence by way of its Alliant Energy Underkofler Teaching Awards. This year, David L. Nelson, professor of biochemistry, and Michael J. Smith, Robert Ratner Professor of Industrial Engineering, are candidates from the Madison campus.

Photo of Judith Kimble
Apr 25, 2003

The Hilldale awards are presented each year to four faculty members, one from each faculty division, in recognition of a distinguished contribution ot teaching, research, and extension/outreach while a member of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Hilldale Awards are made possible by the Hilldale Fund, which receives income from the operation of the Hilldale Shopping Center. The funds are used to support important University programs designed to advance scholarly activity at the UW-Madison.

Hilldale Undergraduate Research Awards.

Grants from the Hilldale...

Photo of George Phillips
Apr 24, 2003

The Vilas Trustees have made possible this form of recognition for faculty in the Biological Sciences Division and will provide research support during 2003-04 and 2004-05

Photo of Marv Wickens
Apr 23, 2003

Marv Wickens has received a WARF-named Professorship: Max Perutz Professor of Molecular Biology. Prof. Wickens research has always focused on how genes work in animal cells. He has concentrated on events after DNA has been transcribed into RNA, en route to being translated into protein. He has analyzed both how mRNAs are born in the nucleus and how they are controlled in the cytoplasm. He has served extensively with the National Institutes of Health, as a member of the N.I.H. Center for Scientific Review Advisory Committee, and as member and Chairman of the N.I.H. Molecular Biology Study...

Photo of Egg Drop winners
Mar 21, 2003

Materials will be handed out on March 14th. Winners will be determined by surviving all three drops, landing the closest to the target, and using smallest number of items on the list.

This years' winners were from the Pike Lab. Second place went to the Friesen lab.

Photo of poster session
Mar 11, 2003

Poster session in the west atrium - "Current advances in HIV/AIDS therapeutics and research findings that may open up new avenues for alternative approaches to treating HIV/AIDS" that may open up new avenues for each of the 11 groups in the class would be presenting a recent paper on a topic that touches HIV/AIDS therapeutics. This is a good opportunity to be updated on how far along research in this important field has gone in the last two years and how much more it would take to finally defeat HIV.

Photo of Ivan Rayment
Feb 26, 2003

Ivan Rayment has an international reputation in structural biology. In establishing a state-of-the-art X-ray crystallography laboratory at Wisconsin, Rayment has created a campus resource that also contributes to research training and teaching.


This award is intended to recognize and support mid-career faculty, five to twenty years past their first promotion to a tenured position. The Mid-Career award was created to provide needed support and encouragement to faculty at a critical stage of their careers.

Photo of Kim Dickson
Feb 15, 2003

Kimberly A. Dickson was selected to receive the first Marcia Moss Graduate Award in Biochemistry.

Photo of cover
Feb 14, 2003

Leaf senescence is a developmental program in which nutrients are recycled from leaves at the end of their lifespan. In annual plants, these recycled nutrients often support seed development. In deciduous trees, the nutrients can be stored in Autumn to support the growth of new tissues in the Spring. Thus leaf senescence is of great practical value to plants, and the cover photograph of a maple tree by Jordan Hall at Indiana University illustrates the aesthetic value of this process. To further understand this nutrient-recycling program at a molecular level, Bhalerao et al. (pp. 430-442)...

Photo of a fat mouse
Feb 13, 2003

Fat cells may hold the key to predicting type 2 diabetes, a major cause of kidney failure, limb amputations, blindness, heart disease and stroke.

The disease, also called adult-onset diabetes, affects 8 percent of the U.S. population age 20 or older. While more than 80 percent of diabetics are overweight, only 10 percent of obese individuals develop the disease. Knowing your risk is a key to prevention.

Knowing what to expect: "Currently, we have no markers to tell who among these overweight individuals is going to become diabetic," says Alan Attie, a College biochemist who...

Feb 10, 2003

The 2003 Recipients will present their talks at 3:30 pm in B1118 Biochemistry.

Scott Michaels
Memories of winter: the central role of FLOWERING LOCUS C in the regulation of flowering time in Arabidopsis

Christian Eckmann
Mining for Gold - Cell Fate Decisions in the C. elegans Germline