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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

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Feb 11, 2009

Taking a chemical approach, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a two-step method to convert the cellulose in raw biomass into a promising biofuel. The process, which is described in the Wednesday, Feb. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, is unprecedented in its use of untreated, inedible biomass as the starting material.

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Nov 18, 2008

This year's scholarships are awarded to:
Nidhi Doshi, John Leonard, Jia Luo, Ramanathan Muthukumar, and Khian Pua.


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Nov 12, 2008

Working on a current scientific issue with cutting-edge technology is unusual for an undergraduate. But not for the Wisconsin iGEM team, a group of 11 University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduates researching biofuels for a synthetic biology competition.

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Aug 06, 2008

When a heparin scare nearly brought a Wisconsin drug manufacturer's work to a grinding halt earlier this year, only a few places in the country could offer the kind of help the company needed to get going again.

Fortunately, one of them was just down the road on UW-Madison's campus.

Known as the National Magnetic Resonance Facility at Madison (NMRFAM), the research lab occupies a breathtakingly expansive room in the basement of the Biochemistry Addition building. There, it houses several large machines, known as NMR spectrometers, that can be used to study the structure of...