2014 UAN Outstanding Chapter Award goes to Otterbein UniversityApril 9, 2014 -- The 2014 Outstanding Chapter Award goes to Otterbein University in recognition of its leadership in education activities in the areas of biochemistry and molecular biology, their efforts in science outreach, participation and organization of campus activities, and their sustained chapter activity.
JBC News Podcast: α-synuclein, living cells and Parkinson’s disease: JBC’s best Cell Biology article of 2013
March 10, 2014 — In the last of our four-part podcast series on the best articles of 2013 in the The Journal of Biological Chemistry, we hear about the debate surrounding α-synuclein, which plays a critical role in Parkinson’s disease. Is it an unfolded monomer? Is it a helically-folded tetramer? Paul Fraser, a professor of medical biophysics at the University of Toronto and a JBC associate editor, speaks with Dennis Selkoe, a professor of neurological diseases at Harvard Institutes of Medicine, and Ulf Dettmer, a research fellow in neurology also at Harvard. Selkoe and Dettmer are co-authors of JBC’s best article of 2013 in the Affinity category of Cell Biology. It is titled, “In Vivo Cross-linking Reveals Principally Oligomeric Forms of α-Synuclein and β-Synuclein in Neurons and Non-neural Cells,” and it was published in March. The paper details a new method for cross-linking α-synuclein in living cells that reveals a form consistent with a tetramer. In this conversation, we hear about the prior research leading to this article and what to look forward to as the debate continues.
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New members of the National Academy of Sciences
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The National Academy of Sciences announced in late April the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in research. Seven ASBMB members were elected.