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Karen Allen Advises on Publishing Ethics for Research

April 2nd, 2012 in Allen, Karen, Front Page

Professor Karen Allen, an Associate Editor of Biochemistry, has contributed to the fifth episode of the American Chemical Society’s series, ‘Publishing Your Research 101.” The episode addresses “Ethical Considerations for Authors and Reviewers.” This series interviews experts such as Professor Allen to obtain their insights on practical, real world questions and issues facing authors of research papers. Further information about this episode and the entire series can be found on the ACS Website.

Karen Allen ACS Video Screenshot

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Jasti Group Research on Nanohoops Featured on ACS Website

February 14th, 2012 in Faculty, Front Page, Jasti, Ramesh, Research

Professor Ramesh Jasti

Professor Ramesh Jasti

In its Noteworthy Chemistry page, the American Chemical Society website has highlighted the work of Professor Ramesh Jasti and his Research Group on the blue shift of Cyclo-p-phenylene emissions as a nanohoop size increases.

The emission color of an inorganic semiconductor quantum dot shifts bathochromically with increasing particle size. Similarly, the luminescence color of a linear p-phenylene (LPP) oligomer red-shifts with increasing chain length. [n]Cyclo-p-phenylenes (CPPs) are cyclic forms of LPPs, or “nanohoops”.

Cyclo-p-phenylene emissions blue-shift as ring size increases

Cyclo-p-phenylene emissions blue-shift as ring size increases

The aim of their work is to determine how the emission color of CPPs change with ring size.

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Professor Allen Featured Speaker at “ACS on Campus”

September 14th, 2011 in Allen, Karen, Faculty, Front Page

Professor Karen Allen

Professor Karen Allen

Learning about the ins and outs of scholarly publishing is an important aspect of training as a scientist. For its September 2011 ACS on Campus event, “Basics of Peer-Review and Scholarly Publishing: From the Editors Themselves,” the American Chemical Society has invited Professor Karen Allen to speak on the topic of how to begin the manuscript writing process and how to prepare a manuscript for submission and review.

In addition to being Professor of Chemistry at Boston University, Dr. Allen, one of the world’s leading x-ray crystallographer’s, is also an Associate Editor of the ACS journal, Biochemistry.

ACS on Campus takes place from September 29th – 30th at Harvard University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). See the ACS Website for more information.

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Professor Emeritus Hoffman meets Former Student at ACS

September 8th, 2011 in Alumni, Faculty, Hoffman, Morton

Professor Mort Hoffman & Former Student Elisa Miller

Professor Mort Hoffman & Former Student Elisa Miller

Professor Emeritus Morton Hoffman met his former CH111-112 general chemistry student, Elisa Miller (CAS ’05), at the 242nd ACS National Meeting in Denver at the end of August.

Elisa served as a Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) workshop leader in that course as a sophomore, and she conducted undergraduate research for two and a half years on chemical dynamics of high energy molecules with Professor Amy Mullin.

While at BU, she was named the Beckman Foundation Scholar for 2003-2005. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in physical chemistry with Professor Carl Lineberger on anion photoelectron spectroscopy in the gas phase at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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BU Postdoctoral Researcher Receives ACS Fellowship

December 10th, 2010 in Faculty, Front Page, Graduate, Porco, John

Christina Rodrigo Receives American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The goal of the American Cancer Society (ACS) fellowships is to provide talented postdoctoral research associates funding that will lead to an independent career in cancer research. This Fall, Christina Rodrigo, a postdoctoral research associate in the Porco Group received one of these highly sought national awards for her proposed work on silvestrol, a rocaglate derivative isolated from the plant Aglaia foveolata. Silvestrol has been shown to have potency against breast, lung, and prostate cancer cell lines and chronic lymphocytic leukemia B cells but little is known about about its mechanism of action.

Dr. Rodrigo’s goal is to synthesize molecules similar to silvestrol with slight modifications, and to study and compare these molecules to silvestrol to learn more about how silvestrol works as a treatment for cancer. In addition to the excellence of her proposed research and demonstrated productivity, another contributing factor for her receipt of the ACS Fellowship is the quality of the training and mentoring that she receives from Professor Porco and his Group.

Silvestrol

Silvestrol

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Tullius Research Featured in C&E News

December 8th, 2010 in Faculty, Front Page, Research, Tullius, Tom

The C&E News article, “Putting DNA in a Bind,” gave an overview of a symposium at the Fall ACS Meeting in Boston on how small molecules interact specifically with DNA and regulate gene expression.

Prominently featured was the work of Professor Tom Tullius and his group on their use of hydroxyl radical cleavage, a technique developed in the Tullius lab in which DNA is cleaved to give an indirect image of the shape of the grooves of DNA. The shape information they produce is publicly available in their online database ORChID.

The Tullius group’s ability to produce images of the shape of DNA allows them to map electrostatic potential throughout the genome computationally, without the need for high-resolution X-ray structures. Their plan is to use these maps to locate places in the genome that would be favorable for certain kinds of proteins to bind, making it easier to design small molecules that recognize DNA shape as potential drugs.

DNA Grooves

DNA Grooves

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Chemistry Alumnus Elected ACS President

November 18th, 2010 in ACS, Alumni, Front Page

Professor Bassam Shakhashiri

Professor Bassam Shakhashiri

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Professor of Chemistry and the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was elected 2011 ACS President-Elect. He will serve as ACS President in 2012 and Immediate Past President in 2013.   The ACS currently has more than 161,000 members. It is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the leading sources of authoritative scientific information.

Dr. Shakhashiri received his B.A. degree in chemistry from Boston University in 1960 (followed by an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland), and is a recipient of a Boston University Alumni Award.

An international leader in chemistry education, as ACS president, Dr. Shakhashiri’s aims include; enhancing the qualify and supply of chemistry teachers, increasing public and private support for research and education, promoting green chemistry and sustainable development, fostering international cooperation and collaboration in research and education, improving scientific communication within and among various cultures.

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Wang Research Featured in Journal of Chemical Physics and Honored at the ACS National Meeting

September 13th, 2010 in Faculty, Front Page, Publications, Research, Wang, Feng

Professor Feng Wang

Professor Feng Wang

The cover of the Aug. 28th, 2010 issue of the Journal of Chemical Physics, highlights a free-energy diagram calculated with a new enhanced sampling method developed by Professor Feng Wang and his Group (J. Chem. Phys. 113, 084101 {2010]). Their method mimics features of a coarse-grained simulation at the atomic scale.  Recent validations performed by the Wang Group indicate that this method can significantly accelerate the dynamics for peptide folding and lipid self-assembly without notably changing the free energy landscape.

Professor Wang received a Hewlett-Packard Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for presenting this work at the 240th ACS National Meeting. This prestigious award is given by the Division of Computers in Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, with financial sponsorship from Hewlett Packard. The division receives applications from across the country and the award is highly competitive, with submissions by many excellent tenure-track faculty members. Winners are selected based on the novelty and potential impact of the applicant’s research program.

Professor Wang is currently working on coupling his novel approach with replica exchange molecular dynamics for enhanced sampling study, which is an exciting advance that could have a significant impact on the rapidly growing field of coarse-grained modeling.
Wang JCP Cover

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