The University of Chicago bestows its infrequently-awarded Benton Medal for Distinguished Public Service this year to Professor Jim Anderson. He is cited for work that "spans precise laboratory measurements, airborne field campaigns, and policy initiatives on the national and international stage." He receives the award at the university's 527th convocation in mid-June. Congratulations, Professor Anderson!
Gabriela Oppen joins CCB as Administrative Coordinator to the Betley lab this week. Gabriela hails from Colombia, and has worked at Harvard for the past eight years, most recently in GSAS and the Committee on Scholarships. Welcome to CCB, Gabriela!
Twenty finalists attending the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp during the first two weeks of June have the privilege of our newly minted Ph.D. Jacob Sanders' mentorship. As alumni may remember, Jacob helped lead the competing team to two gold medals and two silvers a couple of years ago, their highest finish in many years. This year the lucky finalists will have two peer mentors from Harvard. Jacob will be joined by Chemistry and Physics concentrator Sidharth Chand '17, the only other peer mentor.
Researchers in the Liu group have developed a new genome-editing capability, called "base editing" that can alter individual DNA letters without making a double-stranded break in the genome. As a result, base editing minimizes the random insertion and deletion of bases in the gene of interest that are a common outcome of current genome editing tools including CRISPR-Cas9. Base editors allow researchers to make a C to T, or a G to A, change in a target base specified by the researcher. Read more about New Technique to Correct Point Mutations in Human Cells Developed by Liu Group
In her very first Boston Marathon and only second marathon overall, graduate student Holly Rees from the Liu group has finished in 2:58:26, placing 34th in her division, 39th among all women runners, and 867th overall, in a field of over 30,000 runners! Aleks Markovic, lab administrator for the Liu group, writes, "It is a great achievement and we are enormously proud of her." Congratulations, Holly!
Congratulations to the following graduate students who have just been awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation: first-year students Liz Johnson and Claire Lidston in the Betley group, and Victor Zhao in the Shakhnovich group, and second-year students Christopher Gerry and Bruce Hua in the Schreiber group!