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Connie Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship for 2013. Lu was among 126 winners of this highly competitive award intended to enhance the careers of exceptional young faculty, including two other honorees from the University of Minnesota.
Sloan Fellowship winners are faculty members at 59 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who are conducting pioneering research in physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, and neuroscience. Each winner receives a grant of $50,000 for a two-year period.
Sloan Research Fellows are free to pursue whatever lines of inquiry are of most interest to them, and they are permitted to employ fellowship funds in a variety of ways to further their research aims.
Professor Valerie Pierre has received a fall 2012 Translational Grant Award from the University of Minnesota's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Her research encompasses siderophore aptasensors for immediate point-of-care diagnosis of urinary tract infections.
This round of awards, designed to facilitate the highest quality translational research, was dedicated to junior investigators at the University of Minnesota. Pierre was one of four researchers to receive a grant.
In translational research, scientific discoveries are moved from the laboratory into real-world practice, leading to improved human health.
Pierre will partner with a project development team from the CTSI Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT), which will provide project mapping and translational research expertise to facilitate the achievement of specific metrics and endpoints.
Research News: In work that appears in the May 27, 2008 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2008, 105, 7347-7352), postdoctoral associates Joseph Emerson and Elena Kovaleva, together with graduate student Erik Farquhar, in the groups of Profs. Larry Que and John Lipscomb report the surprising observation that the metal centers of a pair of iron- and manganese-dependent dioxygenases, namely Fe-HPCD and Mn-MndD, can be swapped without affecting the catalytic parameters of these enzymes.
Recent results from the Tolman group are discussed in a "Highlights" article: Rolff, M.; Tuczek, F., "How Do Copper Enzymes Hydroxylate Aliphatic Substrates? Recent Insights from the Chemistry of Model Systems,"Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 2344-2347.
Research News: The first synthetic complex with a [FeIV2(μ-O)2] diamond core. (Que group)
Research News: A Copper-Oxo Intermediate from O2? (Tolman/Cramer groups)
Research News: FeV=O in Bio-inspired Olefin Epoxidation Catalysis. (Que group)
C&EN Commentary (4/07) "A Crystal With A Story to Tell" (Lipscomb group)
Perspective on Lipscomb group results: Wilmot, C. M. "An ancient and intimate partnership," Science 2007, 316, 379-380. (Free access through this link)
Carrie Wilmot is featured in a USA Today news article by science reporter Dan Vergano entitled "Chemists pump iron for answers about life in the universe". Check it out on-line at USA Today's website.
Read about Carrie Wilmot in the Winter 2006-2007 issue of BiO, the College of Biological Sciences award winning magazine.