From time to time, School of Chemistry staff and students will make the news! Below are excerpts from, and links to, recent news stories and articles about the School of Chemistry, from print and electronic media.
MMI Grants to Tich-Lam Nguyen and Wallace WongFriday, 6 December 2013 - 6:00pm
Congratulations to: Dr Tich-Lam Nguyen who received funding for her work with nanocrystals for upconversion laser chips; and Dr Wallace Wong for his work with fullerene molecular peapods as organic semiconductors. For more info go to http://materials.unimelb.edu.au/research/funding-opportunities/idsf/idsf_supported_research_projects
Young Investigator Award to John KarasThursday, 5 December 2013 - 1:45am
Chemistry PhD student, John Karas, was the recipient of a young investigator award at the recent RACI Peptide Users' Group symposium for his oral presentation entitled: "2-Nitroveratryl as a novel thiol protecting group for directed synthesis of insulin and other cysteine-rich bioactive peptides".
Eddie Nagul receives HOPE travel awardTuesday, 3 December 2013 - 11:30pm
PhD student Edward (Eddie) Nagul, from the Kolev lab, has been nominated by the Australian Academy of Sciences to participate in the Sixth HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates in Tokyo in March 2014. The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science has approved Eddie’s nomination. Eddie is one of six Australian young researchers who will participate in this meeting.
Peptide dimers: double the effort for double the effectMonday, 2 December 2013 - 12:30pm
Research led by Assoc Prof Craig Hutton (Chemistry, Bio21 Institute) and Assoc Prof Kevin Barnham (Bio21 Institute, Florey Institute, Pharmacology) has culminated in the synthesis of dityrosine cross-linked amyloid-β peptide dimers and investigation of the possible role of these peptides in Alzheimer’s disease. The findings were recently published in Chemical Science.
McAulay-Hope Prize for Original BiophysicsSaturday, 30 November 2013 - 2:00am
Congratulations to Assoc Prof Michelle Gee who was awarded the McAulay-Hope Prize for Original Biophysics. Michelle was given the award by the Australian Society for Biophysics at its recent annual meeting where she presented a talk entitled, 'The Mechanobiology of Bacteria'.
ASB 2013 Poster PrizeSaturday, 30 November 2013 - 2:00am
PhD student, Anna Mularski, was awarded the student poster prize at the Australian Society for Biophysics conference held at RMIT in November. Well done Anna!
MMI Inderdisciplinary Seed Grant to Gee labSunday, 24 November 2013 - 10:15am
Assoc. Prof. Michelle Gee, together with Dr Xuehua Zhang and Dr Huabin Wang, were awaded an MMI Inderdisciplinary Seed Funding grant for their project 'Graphene thin films with tailored nano-architectures – a new class of antibacterial coating'.
Frontiers in Chemical Biology editorial boardSunday, 24 November 2013 - 10:15am
Assoc. Prof. Michelle Gee has been appointed to the editorial board of the new journal, Frontiers in Chemical Biology;. congratulations also to the new editor, Professor John Wade, who is an honorary member of the School of Chemistry.
Fellowship Program Backs Harvard InnovatorsSaturday, 9 November 2013 - 9:00am
Innovation is front and centre of Australia-Harvard Fellowship grants. In the latest round of applications, Harvard Club Australia (HCA) Foundation makes it very clear that they favour applicants whose collaborative research can “demonstrate strong potential for break-through impacts”, and value highly projects which will use the funding as ‘seed capital’. IncomingFellow for 2013, Professor Gerhard Wagner, is a world expert in the field of biomedical research using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and will be working at the School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne with Professor Frances Separovic in determining protein structure that can lead to new drug discoveries. Earlier this week, Professor Wagner gave a lecture entitled "A structural approach to inhibit protein interactions in transcription and translation for targeting human cancer" at the Bio21 Institute and will be here until 20 December 2013.
Pore me another: how toxins target & overcome membranesSaturday, 9 November 2013 - 8:45am
Chemistry researchers, Prof Frances Separovic (Melbourne) and Prof Terry Lybrand (Vanderbilt), discuss the biology of membranes, how toxins interact with membranes, and how these processes can be modelled. Up Close presented by Dr Shane Huntington.
MNI ID Seed Funding to Hossain & SeparovicFriday, 8 November 2013 - 10:30pm
Dr Akhter Hossain, Professor Frances Separovic and Dr Joe Ciccotosto were awarded funding in the recent Melbourne Neuroscience Institute Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Scheme for their project entitled ,“Correlating membrane binding and toxicity of amyloid beta peptide from Alzheimer’s disease.”
Andrew Holmes - President Australian Academy of ScienceWednesday, 6 November 2013 - 6:15am
Congratulations to Professor Andrew Holmes, Laureate Professor of Chemistry, who has been elected as the next President of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS). Andrew will assume the role after the next Annual General Meeting of the AAS in May 2014. The current President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Suzanne Cory, said “Professor Holmes will lead our Academy with great distinction, energy and integrity. As Foreign Secretary, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Academy and its programs, with the deep conviction that Australia’s future prosperity depends on strong research and education in science and mathematics and in further developing international science linkages.” Read the full Australian Academy of Science Media Release (5 Nov).
Chemistry MSc student profiled in Chemistry in AustraliaSunday, 3 November 2013 - 11:15am
Andrew Ryan, former MSc student in Chemistry, was featured in the November issue of the RACI magazine,Chemistry in Australia. The article,"Sampling a cross-section of chemistry", can be viewed here.
Professorial promotion for J WhiteFriday, 1 November 2013 - 10:00am
Associate Professor Jonathan White has been promoted to professor as of January 1st 2014. The School of Chemistry appreciates Jonathan's many contributions and achievements, particularly in terms of research and teaching. Please congratulate Professor White on this well deserved recognition of his achievements as a scholar and teacher.
Chemistry PhD student featured in RACI magazineSaturday, 26 October 2013 - 6:00pm
Michael Leeming, PhD student in the O'Hair lab, was recently featured in the October issue of the RACI magazine, Chemistry in Australia. The article,"Chemistry, life and other subjects", can be viewed here.
Best poster prizeWednesday, 23 October 2013 - 6:15pm
Daniel Dias (formerly School of Chemistry, now Metabolomics Australia), Geoff Scollary (Honorary Principal Fellow) and co-authors from Charles Sturt University received the ‘Best Poster Award’ at the 2013 In Vino Analytica Scientia conference held in Reims (France) in July for the poster entitled ‘A novel glutathione-hydroxycinnamic acid product generated in oxidative wine conditions’.
In Vino Analytica Scientia conference seriesWednesday, 23 October 2013 - 6:15pm
Geoff Scollary (Honorary Principal Fellow) has accepted the invitation to the position of President of the Presidium for the In Vino Analytica Scientia (IVAS) conference series. The IVAS conferences are established under the auspices of the EuCheMS Divisions of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry. The Presidium is composed of the elected president as well as the chairs of the two EuCheMS divisions. Geoff is the first person outside Europe to hold the position of President.
Diagnostic Imaging Agents for Alzheimer’s DiseaseFriday, 18 October 2013 - 10:15am
Work of James Hickey, Paul Donnelly and colleagues aimed at making new imaging agents to aid the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (see article here). The article has also been highlighted in the "News" section of Chemical & Engineering News.
NMR practicals in undergraduate chemistryMonday, 14 October 2013 - 12:45am
The new bench top NMR which was trialled in our higher level undergraduate practical classes was a resounding success and will continue into the future. A description of the program was published in 'Lab Asia' recently. The article, 'Putting NMR in the hands of the undergraduate chemistry student', can be read here.
Development of therapy for Parkinson's diseaseSaturday, 12 October 2013 - 10:30am
The University of Melbourne has entered an agreement with US start-up company Procypra Therapeutics LLC to develop a class of drugs for treating neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease. The research was led by Dr Paul Donnelly (School of Chemistry, Bio21 Institute), Assoc Prof Kevin Barnham (Bio21 Institute, Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, Department of Pharmacology) and Assoc Prof Anthony White (Department of Pathology). The media release is available to view here and the Herald-Sun article can be viewed here.