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Funding From Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Helps Rensselaer Research

Novel research into breast cancer is taking place at Rensselaer. NewsChannel 13 visited with Dr. Lee Ligon who said, without such funding, her work might not be possible.

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Science Graduate Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Anthony Bishop, Chris Newhard, and Divya Shastry have been awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, while five other students have been recognized with honorable mention.

David Shieh * Biological Sciences Undergraduate Awarded Summer Fellowship
David Shieh, Rensselaer Biological Sciences undergraduate student, was recently awarded an Undergraduate Student Fellowship from the American Heart Association.

Susan GIlbert * Molecular Biophysics Expert Catherine Royer Joins Rensselaer
Catherine Royer, an expert in molecular biophysics, has joined Rensselaer as a Constellation chair in Biocomputation and Bioinformatics and professor of Biology.

Susan GIlbert * Susan Gilbert Awarded $2 Million NIH MERIT Award
Professor Gilbert, head of Biology, has been awarded a National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council National Institutes of Health (NIH) Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award.

Research Explores Road Signs on the Intracellular Highway
Colonies of bacteria grown aboard space shuttle Atlantis behaved in ways never before observed on Earth, according to a new NASA-funded study led by biology professor Cynthia Collins.

Founder’s Award - Four Biology and Biochemistry/Biophysics students were award the Rensselaer’s Founders Award of Excellence at the 18th Annual Honors Convocation on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The award was established in 1994 to honor students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer. Congratulations to Stephen P. Obzut, (Junior – Biology BIAM), Catherine Eldred (PhD – Biochemistry/Biophysics); Bianca Pier (PhD – Biology) and Vimla Singh (PhD – Biology).

Rensselaer Alumni Association Teaching Award - At the 2012 Rensselaer Alumni Association Awards Program on Thursday October 4, 2012, Professor George Plopper was awarded the RAA Teaching Award.

The Teaching Award was created in 1994 by the RAA Board of Trustees and is designed to recognize current members of the Rensselaer Faculty for their outstanding teaching techniques, contributions to the campus experience and commitment to students.

George Makhatadze, Constellation Professor of Biocomputation and Bioinformatics and Professor of Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology received 2012 James J. Christensen Memorial Award for outstanding innovative contributions to the development and use of calorimetric instrumentation.

George Makhatadze, Constellation Professor of Biocomputation and Bioinformatics and Professor of Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology was elected President of the Gibbs Society of Biological Thermodynamics.

George Makhatadze, Constellation Professor of Biocomputation and Bioinformatics and Professor of Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology received $424,390 in NIH funding for the project entitled “Computational and Experimental Studies of the Amyloid Fibril Formation by PAPf39”. Angel Garcia, Constellation Professor of Biocomputation and Bioinformatics and Professor of Physics is a co-PI on this proposal.

George Makhatadze, Constellation Professor of Biocomputation and Bioinformatics and Professor of Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology received $250,00 in NSF funding for the project entitled “Molecular Basis of the Effects of Hydrostatic Pressure on Protein Stability”.

 
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