Chen Li, a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry, was selected as a “CBSB2017 Outstanding Young Researcher” for the May 2017 workshop “From Computational Biophysics to Systems Biology (CBSB2017)” at the University of Cincinnati. Li spoke about a new method that predicts how the binding of small molecules affects a protein’s conformational equilibria.
Aislinn Davis (BIOL 3rd year) won an honorable mention for her poster presentation at the 2017 Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS). She worked with Jialing Xiang, professor of biology, whose research is focused on answering basic biological questions at the molecular level related to human diseases. Xiang’s areas of expertise include programmed cell death, signaling transduction, and cancer biology. One of the major projects involves proapoptotic and tumor suppressor Bax. Her team identified a unique Bax isoform, Bax delta 2, which may serve as a prognostic marker for cancer chemotherapy.
“Understanding the role and mechanism of Bax delta 2 in the cell could eventually help us understand how to make certain tumors more receptive to chemotherapy,” says Davis.
Jay Schieber, Armour College of Engineering professor of chemical engineering, director of the Center for Molecular Study of Soft Condensed Matter, and professor of physics, has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Rheology in recognition of his extensive scientific and technical contributions to rheology and service to the Society of Rheology. Rheology is a branch of physics that studies the deformation and flow of matter.
Computer Science Chair Presented a Featured Address at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering
Eunice Santos, Ron Hochsprung Endowed Chair, chair of the Department of Computer Science, and professor of computer science at Illinois Tech, gave the featured address during the first Women in Data Science and Engineering (WDSE) workshop at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering in April. She presented “Modeling and Analyzing Socio-Cultural and Dynamic Information in Social Networks” and discussed methods for mentoring and increasing the pipeline for women in computer science and data science.
Kathleen Mullin (MSE 4th year) was recently named the recipient of a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for the second year. This accomplishment is extremely rare as the highly competitive program only awards around 100 fellowships each year. The program is co-sponsored by NIST and the National Science Foundation. For eleven weeks Mullin worked at the NIST Material Measurement Laboratory in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and contributed to research on the Web Force‐Field Data Project under the guidance of NIST researchers including three Nobel Laureates.