Former Center Director Colin Wraight passed away on July 10, 2014. Colin had been valiantly fighting leukemia for several years and passed from complications of the disease. In addition to his teaching duties (he taught the introductory Biophysics course for over a decade), Colin served as Center Director from 1991-1997, and as director of the Molecular Biophysics Training Grant from 2000-2009. He remained influential in all until his passing. Both the Center and the MBTG have always been very fortunate to have strong leaders at the helm; Colin stands out among the best. He will be very sorely missed, not only as an outstanding leader, but as a truly remarkable and wonderful man.
The 10th Annual Illinois Biophysics Society (IBS) Symposium, held on April 23, 2014, was a success! Assistant Professor Tom Kuhlman opened the symposium with the New Faculty Talk, followed by several interesting Student Talks. After lunch, the Student Talks resumed, followed by a Poster Session. Yale Professor Enrique De La Cruz gave a lively keynote speech and was presented with a plaque by the IBS. Awards were presented to the top three student talks (Thuy Ngo, Luke Cuculis, and Kiran Girdhar) and top three posters (Casey Hanson, Chang-Ting Lin, and Chelsea Lloyd). Administrative Coordinator, Cindy Dodds, was presented with an Outstanding Service award for 20 years in the Center of Biophysics. Congratulations to all the winners.
On Wednesday, April 23rd, the Illinois Biophysics Society will host their 10th Annual CB2 Symposium in 1005 Beckman Institute. The Symposium will run from 9:30am-4:00pm. Professor Enrique De La Cruz from Yale will be the keynote speaker. His talk is entitled: “How cells use chemistry and physics to break the bones that power their movement”. There will also be student presentations and a poster session. Registration is FREE and is open until April 21. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registrants. Please see the flyer for more details.
Three Biophysics faculty members - Aleksei Aksimentiev, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer and Klaus Schulten - were recently awarded Blue Waters Professorships. These professorships will allow them significant additional resources on Blue Waters, one of the world's most powerful supercomputers. The professors will present their works in a lecture series to be announced at a later date.
In honor of Biophysics alum and Emeritus Professor, Govindjee, a tribute commemorating his 80th birthday was written for him and was published in the October 2013 issue of the journal "Photosynthesis Research". The article includes photos and comments from Biophysics faculty and alums. A News Report in the January 2014 issue of "Photosynthesis Research" includes photos and details of the birthday festivities in Trebon.
Biophysics program recieves high ranking.