Jiantao Guo, UNL assistant professor of chemistry.
NSF grant supports chemist’s work to expand genetic code
Jiantao Guo, assistant professor of chemistry, earned a five-year, $622,320 Faculty Early Career Development Program Award from the National Science Foundation to further his work on a promising new method for incorporating new amino acids into proteins through quadruplet codon decoding. The work builds on two recent discoveries: (1) the efficiency of quadruplet decoding can be greatly promoted by modifying the sequence/structure of tRNA; and (2) the complete quadruplet anticodon-codon base pairing is not required for efficient quadruplet decoding within the natural translational machinery. Read more.
From L-R is Jodi Alt, Research and Development (R&D) Scientific Manager-Streck; Cliff Stains, Department of Chemistry-UNL; John Scholl, Sr. R&D Scientific Manager – Hematology-Streck; Kevin Shokat, Streck Awardee-University of California San Francisco; Chris Connelly, R&D Scientific Manager-Streck; David Berkowitz, Chair, Department of Chemistry-UNL , and Bradford Hunsley, Director of R&D-Streck.
Award-winning chemist delivers inaugural Streck Award Lecture
Kevan M. Shokat (center) delivers an engaging lecture to a room full of students and faculty Thursday titled “Non-traditional Chemical Strategies for Targeting Traditional Targets in Cancer and Neurodegeneration.”
The University of California San Francisco Professor is one of the nation’s leading researchers in chemical biology and pioneer in the development of chemical methods for investigating cellular signal transduction pathways; with a particular focus on protein kinases and lipid kinases. Shokat was awarded a plaque to commemorate the inaugural Streck Award Lecture hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Streck, an innovative, Nebraska-based company in the clinical chemistry/biomedical diagnostics arena. The Streck lectureship will give students and faculty the opportunity to meet leaders in the field of clinical chemistry/chemical biology, in addition to strengthening this special university/industry partnership, ultimately promoting economic development in the state. Read more.
Kenneth A. Dill receives NC3 Award
David B. Berkowitz (left) and Xiao Cheng Zeng (right) present Kenneth A. Dill with the NC3 Award.
Kenneth A. Dill was presented with the NC3 Award on April 29 in advance of his honorary lecture entitled “Protein Folding – in Principle, in the Cell, and in the Computer.” Dill is the Louis and Beatrice Laufer Professor of Physics and Chemistry at Stony Brook University and the Director of the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology. Dill’s research interests are at the intersection of statistical physics and cell biophysics and structural biology. His work has elucidated funnel-shaped energy landscapes that help explain the complicated processes of protein folding and his investigations demonstrate that protein structures are largely determined by hydrophobic interactions. The NC3 Award was established to celebrate the Nebraska Cluster for Computational Chemistry and brings an international leader in the field to Lincoln each year.
Chemistry alumni gathered at the Sheldon Museum for a photoshoot to document the memorious occasion of the alumni reunion, which happens every five years.
More than 160 turned out for the 2016 Alumni Reunion
Our alumni reunion was a huge success! Alumni, former professors, present faculty, and students celebrated the occasion on April 22-23. Former Department Chair Dr. Pill-Soon Song was our special guest who we paid tribute to for his contributions to the Chemistry Department. We celebrated “100 Years of Doctoral Research in Chemistry,” in honor of George Borrowman, whose 1916 Ph.D. thesis was titled, “The Clays of Nebraska.”
Alexey Lipatov (right) receives the first Pill-Soon Song Graduate Research Assistant Award for excellence in graduate research from Dr. Pill-Soon Song at the Annual Student Awards Colloquium, April 22.
First Pill-Soon Song Graduate Research Assistant Award Presented
Friday we paid tribute to our special guest, Pill-Soon Song, for his many contributions to the Chemistry Department. Dr. Song served the department for 17 years, nearly 10 as Chair, hiring 9 of the current faculty, including 3 University Distinguished Professors and 3 Department Chairs and 2 Vice Chairs. Song founded the UNL Chemistry Industrial Advisory Board (IAB), an impressive body of successful alumni/associates in the private sector/federal government that meets biannually. Dr. Song has always led by example, with an active research program in the molecular mechanisms of light signal transduction mediated by photobiological receptors. He was awarded the NU systemwide ORCA prize in 2000, served as Editor-in-Chief for Photochemistry and Photobiology for two decades, and received the Finsen Medal in Photobiology (2009) among many other honors. His contribution continues today in the form of the endowed Pill-Soon Song Graduate Research Assistant Award, which will be presented annually as a Ph.D. research award to a chemistry student. Thank you, Dr. Pill-Soon Song.
From left, Chongqin Zhu, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Lei Li, Joseph Francisco and Jie Zhong.
Photo courtesy of Craig Chandler, University Communications
Study details formation of nitrous acid in atmosphere
Drs. Joseph Francisco, Xiao Cheng Zeng, and colleagues have identified the dynamic processes involved in the formation of nitrous acid through a series of quantum mechanics-based simulations detailed April 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more.
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