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Dr. Audrey Lamb (associate professor) has been chosen to be the program chair of the 2013 Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference scheduled for October 12 at Loyola University, Chicago, IL.

Dr. Jim Orr (professor) presented the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) 2012 Distinguished Tribal College Mentor Award to Sharon Condon (Haskell), a Co-PI on the NIH-funded Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program, in a ceremony at the SACNAS National Meeting on October 11.

Dr. Liang Tang (associate professor) had his research highlighted on the cover of the Journal of Molecular Biology.

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Dr. Kristi Neufeld (associate professor) was the Keynote speaker at Bethel College's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Symposium held during the Fall Festival October 12 and 13. Each year, three distinguished alumni of the featured department are asked to give talks about the work they have been doing since graduation. The 2012 Symposium featured biology and honored Professor Emeritus of Biology A. Wayne Wiens. In addition to her seminar, Neufeld was part of a panel to discuss careers in Biological Sciences. Neufeld was also elected as a member of the Bethel College STEM Alumni Advisory Council. http://www.bethelks.edu/news-events/news/post/4720/

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Combs, B. and Gamblin, T.C. FTDP-17 Mutations Induce Distinct Effects on Aggregation and Microtubule Interactions. Biochemistry 2012, 51(43): 8597-8607.

Jo, S. and Im, W. Glycan fragment database: a database of PDB-based glycan 3D structures. Nucleic Acids Res. 2012 Oct 26. [Epub ahead of print]

Lee, H.S. and Im, W. Identification of Ligand Templates using Local Structure Alignment for Structure-Based Drug Design. J Chem Inf Model. 2012 Oct 22;52(10):2784-95. Epub 2012 Sep 28.

Meneely, K.M., and Lamb, A.L. Two structures of a thiazolinyl imine reductase from Yersinia enterocolitica provide insight into catalysis and binding to the nonribosomal peptide synthetase module of HMWP1. Biochemistry. 2012 Oct 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Oakley, C. E., Edgerton-Morgan, H., Oakley, B. R., Tools for Manipulation of Secondary Metabolism Pathways: Rapid Promoter Replacements and Gene Deletions in Aspergillus nidulans. Methods Mol Biol 2012, 944, 143-161.

Zeineldin, M. and Neufeld, K., Isolation of Epithelial Cells from Mouse Gastrointestinal Tract for Western Blot or RNA analysis. Bio-protocol, invited, peer-reviewed.
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Zhao, H., Kamau, Y., Christensen, T. and Tang, L., Structural and functional studies of the bacteriophage Sf6 terminase small subunit reveal a DNA-spooling device facilitated by structural plasticity. J. Mol. Biol. 423, 3, 413-26.

U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 12/122,377
Benedict, S, Williams K, Dotson, A

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