The editors of the Journal of Biological Chemistry have designated a paper by UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty Bradley Nolen as one of the best papers published by the JBC in 2014.
Professor Nolen’s paper was one of only 21 papers selected by the JBC from thousands that they published last year. JBC chose one paper for each of the journal’s affinity groups. The Nolen paper, which was co-authored by , , , and Max Rodnick-Smith, represents the Molecular Biophysics Affinity Group.
Titled “Interactions with Actin Monomers, Actin Filaments, and Arp2/3 Complex Define the Roles of WASP Family Proteins and Cortactin in Coordinately Regulating Branched Actin Networks,” it was first published on August 26, 2014, and can be found at http://bit.ly/1BZMj57
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New Faculty Member Thomas Greenbowe Receives Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry
The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society has presented Thomas Greenbowe with the James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry.
The award honors “an educator who is both an excellent classroom teacher and whose professional activities have had a wide-ranging effect on chemical education.” The Norris Award is one of the oldest national awards of the American Chemical Society, and is presented by the ACS Northeastern Section in Boston annually in November.
The ACS Awards Committee cited Greenbowe’s research and development activities on visualization of molecular and atomic phenomena and the use of inquiry strategies in instruction having a tremendous positive impact nationally and internationally in the areas of multimedia instruction, chemistry problem-solving and conceptual understanding, and structuring guided-inquiry laboratory activities as the basis for the award.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to welcome Thomas Greenbowe to the faculty beginning winter term, 2015. He comes to the UO from Iowa State University, where he was a Professor of Chemistry, Coordinator of the General Chemistry program, and Professor of Curriculum & Instruction.
In November, UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Head Andrew H. Marcus was elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society upon the recommendation of the Division of Chemical Physics.
The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics. APS represents over 50,000 members, including scientists in academia, national laboratories and industry from within the United States and around the world. APS Fellowships are peer-nominated awards given in recognition of outstanding contributions to physics, and the Fellowships are limited to no more than one half of one percent of the APS membership.
Professor Marcus’ nomination was put forward by Nancy Levinger of Colorado State University. Professor Levinger considered Marcus an ideal candidate for the award because of his thoughtful, creative approach to a wide range of experiments. His work bridges from basic laser science to chemical physics to biophysics, encompassing molecular studies that are critical to understanding the chemical basis of life processes. The nomination made note of several different unique laser spectroscopic methods that Marcus has developed to explore molecular interactions, and the extraordinary command of chemical physics necessary to understand these complex systems.
The Fellowship award honors Professor Marcus “For his contribution to the development of linear and nonlinear fluorescence correlation spectroscopies, and their application to the study of the structure and dynamics of biochemical systems.” He will be presented with a certificate at an upcoming meeting of the APS, and his name and award citation will appear in the March 2015 issue of APS News.