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Biophysical Society announces winners of 2008 Minority Travel Awards

Bethesda, MD The Biophysical Society has announced the winner of its Minority Travel Awards to attend the the Joint Meeting of the Biophysical Society and the International Biophysics Congress in Long Beach, California, February 2-6, 2008. The awards are meant to encourage participation at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting by minority students currently studying biophysics. Recipients will be honored at a reception on February 2, 2008.

The 2008 recipients of the Minority Travel Awards are:

  • Carol Bell, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Progress Towards Hollow Waveguide-Enhanced Laser-Induced Fluorescence Measurements.

  • Arnette Block, Prairie View A&M University, Non-muscle Myosin-IIA specific Roles in Driving Lamellipodial Protrusion During cos-7 Cell Spreading.

  • Eric Botello, Rice University, Single-Molecule Force Spectroscopy Studies of Protein Folding Under Denaturing Environment.

  • Myriam, Diaz-Martienz, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Pedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Binding of Substrate in the Heme Pocket of Amphitrite ornata Dehaloperoxidase Induces Soret Band Shifts.

  • Neville Forlemu, University of North Dakota, Brownian Dynamics Simulations of Enzyme-Enzyme Interactions and Ligand Transfer.

  • Thomas Freeman, Tulane University, Expression, Refolding and Characterization of Predicted Beta-Barrel Proteins from Salmonella typhimurium LT2.

  • Jeffy Jimenez, University of South Florida, Destabilizing Aggregation Conditions of A Proteins: Alzheimers Disease Passive Immunotherapy.

  • Eric Johnson, University of Texas San Antonio, Effects of Porphyrins on Tubulin Polymerization.

  • Ann Kimble-Hill, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Biophysical Mechanisms of Protein Recruitment To Raft Domains Studied Using Planar Model Membranes: Recruitment by Native Binding Ligands versus GPI-anchored Proteins.

  • Ryanb Lang, Oakwood College, Electrical Response of Higher Plants to Induced Heat Stress.

  • Johnnie Moore, Saint Louis University, Stable RNA Interference Results in Variable Expression of Synaptotagmin I that Contributes to Differential Transmitter Release.

  • Kerrick, Nevels, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Site-Directed Mutagenesis of the Bt Toxin Cyt1A for Intramolecular Distance Determination by FRET.

  • Joseph Sabat, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Proximal Ligand Switching Mechanism of iNOS.

  • Kumar Sinniah, Calvin College, The Effect of Divalent Cations (Mg2+, Zn2+, Mn2+, and Ca2+) on the Hybridization Efficiency of DNA.

  • Danyell Wilson, University of Florida, Single Channel Analysis of a Mechanosensitive Channel Reconstituted in a Tethered Lipid Bilayer Membrane Gated by an Applied Voltage.

  • Ramallo Pardo, University of New Mexico, Mapping Nucleosome-DNA Interactions on Single Molecules of Chromatin Isolated from Living Cells.


Contact: Ellen R. Weiss
Biophysical Society

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