Julia Nepper, Biophysics graduate student in the laboratory of Doug Weibel, has won an award from the National Science Foundation to attend the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. A record number of 70 laureates and 672 young scientists from 88 countries will participate in the meeting. It will be the fourth interdisciplinary meeting, bringing together Nobel Laureates and young scientists from fields of physiology and medicine, physics and chemistry.
Baron Chanda, was among nine UW faculty to be selected by the Graduate School Committee for a 2015 Romnes Faculty fellowship. Dr. Chanda is an associate professor of neuroscience and biomolecular chemistry; he studies mechanisms of gating and modulation of biological ion channels, and molecules involved in generating electrical activity in the brain and heart. His laboratory has developed sophisticated tools to study protein dynamics, and created a temperature-sensitive ion channel that rivals naturally occurring channels.
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.
On May 19, 2014, Biophysics trainer, Dr. Douglas Weibel was awarded the distinguished Class of 1955 Award for his interdisciplinary approach to teaching by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to contributing to a variety of biochemistry courses, Dr. Weibel has reorganized Biochemistry 651, co-founded the UW-Madison International Genetically Engineering Machines teams, and strived to tailor his courses to the needs of his students.
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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.
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The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has awarded Dr. Nathan Sherer and Biophysics trainer, Dr. Aaron Hoskisn with their Shaw Award. Both principle investigators have received $200,000 grants through the Foundation's Shaw Scientist Program. The award, given to "emerging investigators with innovative ideas," will allow Dr. Hoskins to pursue "high-risk, high-reward projects vital to understanding how cellular machine are built."
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Biophysics trainer, Dr. Baron Chanda, was awarded the 2013 Cranefield award of the Society of Physiology. This award is given to a young, independent investigator to recognize excellence and the publication of an outstanding article. Dr. Chanda received the award for his paper "Stimating the voltage-dependent free energy change of ion channels using the median voltage for activation" (JGP 2012: 139(1), 3-17). In addition, Dr.
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.
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.