On Saturday, September 8th, the Emory University Department of Chemistry teamed up with Georgia Tech to host the 2018 Atlanta Mini Symposium on Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. The event, organized by Francesco Evangelista (Emory) and David Sherrill (Georgia Tech) brought together theoretical and computational chemists across metro-Atlanta for connection and collaboration. Attendees heard talks from invited speakers and spent the afternoon sharing ideas with fellow chemists in the field. The group plans to make the conference an annual event for the local theoretical chemistry community.
Along with facilitating conversations about synthetic organic chemistry between professionals across a global platform, the NSF Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CCHF), based at Emory University’s Department of Chemistry, also strives to increase scientific awareness to broader audience. They explain on their website, “A large part of the Centers mission is to bring C–H Functionalization into the mainstream of organic chemistry and one of the key ways we are seeking to do that is informing future generations of scientists by engaging students from K through 12.” By partnering with various organizations in outreach initiatives, the CCHF can connect with the community and share some of their fascinating scientific happenings.
During the conference, the Center partnered with the Leonardo Museum of Creativity and Innovation in an outreach event organized through the collaborative effort of the Directors of Education, Outreach, and Diversity from 3 NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation, Dr. Lloyd Munjanja (CCHF), Dr. Danielle Watt (CaSTL), and Christopher Parsons (CCE). CCHF members from the Sigman and Du Bois research labs interacted with over 100 middle school students and their teachers through a series of hands-on chemistry activities and demonstrations. One activity involved the students building molecules from marshmallows and toothpicks!
Some photos from the SACNAS conference and the outreach event at the Leonardo Museum of Creativity and Innovation are shown below.
Bill Wuest has been named one of three recipients of the 2017 ACS Infectious Disease Young Investigator Award given by ACS Infectious Diseases and the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry. Winners received a plaque, an award of $1,000, and up to $500 in travel reimbursement to attend the 2017 ACS Fall National Meeting in Washington, D.C., and present at an ACS Division of Biological Chemistry symposium in their honor. In addition, they were honored at the ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Awards Symposium during the meeting.
Brooke Howell interviewed Dr. Wuest regarding the honor.
What’s next in your research?
With my group’s recent move to Emory University, I felt that this would be an ideal time to expand our research focus beyond bacterial biofilms and look into other areas antibacterial research. More specifically, we are looking to expand our “narrow-spectrum” research program with a focus on Pseudomonad-specific therapies in collaboration with the CF-Atlanta group. Likewise, we also plan to work closely with the Antibiotic Resistance Center here at Emory to further investigate mechanisms of antibiotic resistance development by both using our current, and continuing to develop, chemical probes.
Computational Science is a main pillar of most of the present research, industrial and commercial activities and plays a unique role in exploiting Information and Communication Technologies as innovative technologies.
The ICCSA Conference offers a real opportunity to discuss new issues, tackle complex problems and find advanced enabling solutions able to shape new trends in Computational Science.
Dr. Dennis Liotta will give the keynote address at the 2017 Molecular and Systems Pharmacology Graduate Program Symposium on Tuesday, June 13th at the Emory University School of Medicine Building, Room 120. In addition to serving as Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Liotta is the Executive Director of the Emory Institute for Drug Development and the Associate Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research.
On Wednesday morning, October 19th, Dr. Brian Dyer met King Philippe of Belgium in Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Dyer is attending the 24th Solvay Conference on Chemistry and Catalysis in Chemistry and Biology hosted by the International Solvay Institutes.
The Conference is organized and chaired by Kurt Wutrich, Nobel Laureate 2002 and is being held at the Metropole Hotel where the very first Solvay conference took place in 1911. The historic conference has continued for over 100 years, hosting eminent scientists such as Albert Einstein and Hendrik A. Lorentz. The conference is the central activity of the Solvay Institutes.
Dr. Dyer will present an introductory statement at a session on “Catalysis by Protein Enzymes” on Friday, October 21st.
The 2016 Emerson Center Lectureship Award Symposium was held in Harland Cinema on September 23rd, 2016. Professor Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California, the 2013 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was the Emerson award winner and keynote speaker. His talk was titled “How to Model the Action of Complex Biological Systems on a Molecular Level.” The symposium also featured talks by David Lynn, Brian Dyer, and R. Prabhakar (University of Miami). The symposium was hosted by Jamal Musaev and the Emerson Center for Scientific Computation. Financial support for the symposium came from the Emory’s Hightower fund, the Department of Chemistry, and Microway Technologies.
The Emory University Department of Chemistry will host meetings in October on Ultracold Molecules and Roaming Dynamics. Organized by Joel Bowman, Michael Heaven, and Ken Brown (Georgia Tech). The meetings are funded by the Army Research Office and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Ultracold Molecules and Molecular Ions (October 6 and 7, 2016)