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Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow Anna Simon, PhD, publishes: Exploiting the conformational-selection mechanism to control the kinetics of a "smart" DNA hydrogel

  • Friday, April 27, 2018

Learn more about what 2017 AOB Postdoc Anna Simon (University of Texas Austin) has been working on: ABSTRACT The sequence-specific hybridization and molecular recognition properties of DNA support the construction of stimulus-responsive hydrogels with precisely controlled crosslink geometry. Here we show that, as predicted by the conformational selection mechanism, the response kinetics of such a hydrogel can be tuned over orders of magnitude by modulating the thermodynami ..

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#AMBF40years: A Conversation with Professor Douglas Koshland

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Then: 1991 Beckman Young Investigator Award Recipient, Carnegie Institution for Science Now: Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley AMBF: When you heard about the Beckman Young Investigator opportunity, what inspired you to apply? DK: The idea to have funding that would give me the freedom to pursue a high risk-high gain project. AMBF: What was your research focused on? What were the results? DK: We developed a cytological  ..

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Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow Elena Schroeter, PhD, publishes: A Comparison of Common Mass Spectrometry Approaches for Paleoproteomics

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018

Learn more about what 2017 AOB Postdoc Elena Schroeter (North Carolina State University) has been working on: ABSTRACT The last two decades have seen a broad diversity of methods used to identify and/or characterize proteins in the archeological and paleontological record. Of these, mass spectrometry has opened an unprecedented window into the proteomes of the past, providing protein sequence data from long extinct animals as well as historical and prehistorical artifacts. Thus ..

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A Conversation with Dr. JR Schmidt: Celebrating 20 Years of Beckman Scholars

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Then: 1998 Beckman Scholars Program Award Recipient, Hope College Now: Associate Professor – Chemistry Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison AMBF: Prior to college, were you curious about a career in science? JS: I certainly had a strong interest in science well before college or even high school. By high school, I was relatively confident that I wanted to pursue science as a career. My decision to move into an academic career was much later, in graduate school. ..

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Beckman Scholar Noah Vieira Publishes: A trans-bidentate bis-pyridinyl ligand with a transition metal hinge

  • Friday, November 03, 2017

Learn more about what Beckman Scholar Noah Vieira has been working on at Furman University: ABSTRACT A titanocene based metalloligand, Cp*2Ti(C22-py)2, was synthesized and coordinated to either Cu(I) or Pd(II). The metalloligand binds Cu(I) between its alkynes and Pd(II) between its pyridinyl rings, acting as a trans-bidentate ligand. In order to bind Pd(II), significant structural rearrangements were necessary, which required the flexibility of the C–Ti–C hinge on the ti ..

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A Conversation with Dr. Terrance Kummer: Celebrating 20 Years of Beckman Scholars

  • Friday, October 13, 2017

Then: 1998 Beckman Scholars Program Award Recipient, University of Minnesota Now: Assistant Professor of Neurology – Division of Neurocritical Care, Washington University in St. Louis AMBF: Prior to college, were you curious about a career in science? TK: I have wanted a career in science since I was a child. In the earliest days, I wanted to be an astronomer. The universe fascinated me; it seemed the greatest unknown imaginable. In college I was drawn to the inner un ..

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A Conversation with Dr. Jonathan M. Spenner: Celebrating 20 Years of Beckman Scholars

  • Friday, September 15, 2017

Then: 1998 Beckman Scholars Program Award Recipient, Northwestern University Now: Registered Patent Attorney and Member, Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd. in Chicago AMBF: Prior to college, were you curious about a career in science? JS: I was always very interested in science. I remember being in the second grade and dreaming of becoming a “space scientist,” of course not understanding much about science at all. In the sixth grade, I thought I wanted to design ..

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A Conversation with Dr. Margaret "Meg" L. Estapa: Celebrating 20 Years of Beckman Scholars

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Then: 1998 Beckman Scholars Program Award Recipient, Carleton College Now: Assistant Professor of Geosciences, Skidmore College AMBF: Prior to college, were you curious about a career in science? ME: Yes, I was definitely curious about a career in science as I loved my high school chemistry classes. However, as the first in my family to pursue a career in science I didn’t really know much about the paths I could take. AMBF: What exposure did you have to knowing ..

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A Conversation with Dr. Christopher Vakoc: Celebrating 20 Years of Beckman Scholars

  • Friday, July 14, 2017

Then: 1998 Beckman Scholars Program Award Recipient, Pennsylvania State University Now: Assistant Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; MD, University of Pennsylvania, 2005 PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2007 AMBF: Prior to college, were you curious about a career in science? CV: Yes. I always saw myself having a career in science or engineering, although I never imagined myself in academia. AMBF: What exposure did you have to knowing what research in a la ..

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A Conversation with Dr. Ming C. Hammond: Celebrating 20 Years of Beckman Scholars

  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Meet Dr. Ming Hammond, one of the members of the inaugural class of Beckman Scholars, and read her thoughts and perspectives regarding the personal impact of the program on her undergraduate experience and resulting career. Then: 1998 Beckman Scholars Program Award Recipient, California Institute of Technology Now: Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley “The support of my research mentor and the Beckman Scholars Program ..

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