May 2011

Feting biochemistry and molecular biology

“The chance to present my research in a casual setting was a new experience. I felt proud of my research and excited to tell viewers about it. The feeling from meeting people interested in my work and wanting to hear more or getting students interested in doing research was invigorating. This event also gave me another opportunity to practice before I head off to Anaheim, Calif., for the ACS meeting. I am more stoked than ever!” said Talon Hill, a senior ACS chemistry major conducting research in bioinorganic chemistry. 

 

 
In order to celebrate the history of biochemistry, all attendees were invited to a special showing of the 1987 BBC dramatization of Watson and Crick’s discovery, “The Race for the Double Helix.”

In order to celebrate the history of biochemistry, all attendees were invited to a special showing of the 1987 BBC dramatization of Watson and Crick’s discovery, “The Race for the Double Helix.” The film stars Jeff Goldblum as James Watson and is no longer being distributed. It is a very difficult film to come by, but one of the chemistry department faculty members had a VHS version. More than 200 students and professors gathered in the auditorium for this feature as we celebrated one of the greatest moments in the history of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Based on the turnout for the event and its success in accomplishing our goals of career development, presentation of research and the celebration of the past, we plan to continue this as an annual event. Although this year saw a large number of participants, it is our hope to grow the event into a statewide conference, to increase the amount of participation in the research poster session, and to include a graduate and professional school fair.

We encourage all UAN chapters to help make the next anniversary of Watson and Crick’s discovery a national hit. No matter how small or large the event, having a national day to commemorate biochemistry and molecular biology would be awesome.

Casey McCormickCasey J. McCormick (mccormick.cj2@gmail.com) is an undergraduate student at Tennessee Technological University and president of the TTU Undergraduate Affiliate Network.

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