Florencia Rago speaks at two symposia.
Florencia Rago (BMB '10) has been on the "lecture circuit" this summer by being selected to speak about her work at two national meetings. First, as a second-year Beckman Scholar, she was chosen to give a talk at the 11th Annual Beckman Scholars Symposium sponsored by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. This was held in Irvine California from July 23-26, 2009. Florencia was chosen as one of six student speakers from among all the Beckman Scholars from across the country. Her talk highlighted her discovery of conformational changes in enzymes that respond specifically to binding of different molecules at the active site. She made this discovery working in the laboratory of Professor Dean Tolan (Biology), where she has worked since finishing her freshman year. Second, she was selected as one of five undergraduates from across the country to speak at the 23rd Symposium of the Protein Society, which was recently held in Boston (July 24-29, 2009) with over a thousand participants. This society, of which she is a member, is a leading international society devoted to furthering research in all aspects of the study of proteins. Her selection as a speaker in the Undergraduate Student Research Session reflects her accomplishments and the importance of her work in the field of protein science and enzymology.
Florencia (far right) with the President of the Protein Society, Arthur G. Palmer (Columbia University), the President-elect, Daniel Raleigh (SUNY-Stony Brook), and the other four student speakers.
Florencia (second from left) with the Chairman of the Education Committe of the Protein Society, David Bevan (Virginia Polytechnic Institute) and the other four student speakers.