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.

The Sigrid Leirmo Award is given to a graduate student or postdoctoral student who best exemplifies the spirit of Sigrid Leirmo. Sigrid received her PhD degree in Biochemistry in 1989 and was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Bacteriology when she died tragically in an accident in 1990.  This award acknowledges a graduate student or postdoctoral student who is acknowledged by her peers and advisors as one who displays clear promise as a research scientist.  Most importantly, the award is to be designated in appreciation of the student's consistent willingness to contribute to the intellectual and technical potential of her fellow students and colleagues through the selfless help of others.
Congratulations Raashi

The Emily M. Gray Award is given for significant contributions to education in biophysics, contributions that may include a distinguished record of excellence in classroom instruction, in mentoring research scientists at any level, in developing novel educational methods or materials, in promoting scientific outreach efforts to the public or to youth, in generating a track record of attracting new students to the field of biophysics, or in otherwise fostering an environment exceptionally conducive to education in biophysics.

The National Academy of Sciences has added three UW-Madison faculty members to their organization and among them is Biophysics trainer, Dr. Samuel Gellman. Dr. Gellman currently works "to reveal the ways proteins fold into the intricate shapes that make them valuable and productive in specific cellular processes." Dr. Gellman joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1987 and has been a member of the Biophysics community for years.
For more details visit the full article and congratulations to Dr. Gellman:

Congratulations to alumnus Dr. Timothy Jackson! Dr. Jackson, a former trainee from the Brunold lab, has secured an Assistant Professor position in the chemistry department at the University Kansas. After graduating from UW-Madison, Dr. Jackson received a NIH Post-doctoral fellowship in the chemistry department at the University of Minnesota.

Martin Zanni's lab and their work with lasers in the study of Type II diabetes is currently being featured on UW-Madison's homepage. The page features a great video on their lab. Check it out!
For the feature on the homepage visit: UW-Madison's homepage or their YouTube video

Dr. Tim Cordes, an alumnus of the Biophysics Training Grant Program in the Forest Lab, received an MD/PhD degree from UW-Madison and is currently a resident in psychiatry at the UW-Madison Hospital and Clinic.  Cordes, who has been blind since childhood, wrote a computer program creatively called Tonal Interface for MacroMolecules (TiMMol) that replicates 3D images using a range of audio tones and spatial cues, allowing proteins to be visualized via sound.  This past June, Dr. Cordes relayed his journey in a keynote presentation at a CIC Accessibility Conference called, "How I See I.T."

To view the video visit: Here

Project CRYSTAL, housed in Biophysics trainer Hazel Holden's lab, is an innovative program for Middle School students which brings science minded students into a lab setting and allows them to get hands on experience with graduate level research.  Project Crystal hopes to both foster interest in the field of science and chemistry as well as lead to healthy life choices by learning the inner workings of nutrition. 

For more information, visit their website where you can see their research and watch an interesting video on their work:

Julia Nepper, a Biophysics graduate student in the Doug Webiel lab, and Angela Varela, a Biophysics graduate student in the Silvia Cavagnero lab, has been awarded NSF fellowships..

Congratulations to Julia and Angela on this fantastic honor!