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On Monday December 4th, Dr. Amédée des Georges will be presenting the first ever Biophysics seminar titled: "Peering into the structure and dynamics of the ryanodine receptor using cryo-electron microscopy." Please join us in Chemistry Room 1315 at 2pm for Dr. des Georges presentation.

We would like to invite interested students to apply to the Biophysics Graduate Degree Program for a Fall 2018 start in the program. Applications are due December 15th; please apply through the portal on the main graduate school webpage: https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/
Once you have completed an application, please email the Biophysics program at biophysics@wisc.edu to ensure we received all of your application materials.

On Friday September 29th, members of the Biophysics community gathered at Union South for the first ever Biophysics Colloquium event. Senior students and a couple of recent graduates in the program presented well received talks about their projects. These talks generated quite a bit of discussion and interest amongst audience members and the award for the best student presentation was awarded to Allison Didychuk, a student in Sam Butcher's lab. After the talks, everyone moved to a poster session that all the students in the program had been invited to present at. The posters were an excellent showcase for the diversity of work being done by students in the Biophysics program and Sean Dai, a student in Lloyd Smith's lab, and Cheng-Guo Wu, a student in Yongna Xing's lab, received awards for the best student poster presentation. The Colloquium was capped off by a reception where students and faculty had a chance to socialize as a program (Thermofisher graciously provided refreshments for the reception). We look forward to continuing this tradition in years to come! 

Dr. Laura Kiessling and Dr. Paul Ahlquist were recipients of this years Hilldale Awards from UW-Madison.  The Hilldale award recognizes outstanding faculty who excel and contribute in the areas of research, teaching and service at the university.  The recipients this year were honored at a faculty senate meeting in April.  Dr. Kiessling received the Physical Sciences division award and Dr. Ahlquist received the Biological Sciences division award.  Congratulations to Dr. Kiessling and Dr. Ahlquist, and thank you for your outstanding contributions to UW-Madison!
- See more at: http://news.wisc.edu/uw-madison-recognizes-hilldale-award-winners/#sthas...

Biophysics trainer Dr. Randy Goldsmith was awarded a 2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award.  The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation sponsors the award that seeks to recognize faculty members who excel in both teaching and research and are in the first five years of their careers.  Dr. Goldsmith's research group studies the behavior of individual molecules during chemical reactions which will enable insights on issues such as developing more environmentally friendly catalysts for chemical reactions, learning about human diseases and developing effective materials for solar cells. Dr. Goldsmith is also a committed teacher in the classromm as he recently taught a graduate level class on single molecule microscopes and an honors general chemistry course that emphasized alternatuve energy.  The award comes with $75,000 of unrestricted research funding for Dr. Goldsmith.  Congratulations!
- See more at: http://news.wisc.edu/chemistry-professor-honored-for-early-career-teachi...

Congratulations are in order for Trillian Gregg, Xian Cheng, Yusuke Okuno and Yuqing Zheng who recently defended their theses and graduated from UW-Madison. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Shaw Scientist Program has awarded Biophysics trainer Dr. Ophelia Venturelli the Shaw Scientist Award this year.  Dr. Venturelli will receive a $200,000 grant to further her research into understanding how diverse networks of human gut microorganisms communicate to be able to function collectively as a community.  For more than 30 years, the Shaw Scientist Program has supported innovative early career investigators and the funding is discretionary, so it can be used in a way that achieve the greatest impact in the recipient's field. Venturelli says. "The Shaw Scientist Award will allow us to explore new research directions, including high-risk experiments, that will be used to attract external funding and for publications." Congratulations Dr. Venturelli!
- See more at: http://news.wisc.edu/uw-madison-biochemist-wins-shaw-scientist-award/#st...

Matthew Stilwell, Biophysics graduate student in the laboratory of Doug Weibel, and collaborator Mengyi Cao (Bacteriology) were recently announced as winners of the WARF Discovery Challenge. This competition aims to promote cross-disciplinary research and provides students an opportunity to seek new collaborators. Matthew and Mengyi's project "A Microfluidic Device for Tracking Bacteria-Animal Symbioses" demonstrated the need for cross-discipline collaboration while displaying innovation.