The photosynthesis society

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“The photosynthesis society” is not a new scientific organization, but rather a description of the “society” of molecules that come together to carry out a complex task such as photosynthesis. Klaus Schulten, Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, recently came to Georgia Tech to explain the inner workings of this society from the atomic level on up. See the video here: photosynthesis lecture

Computational Biophysics Workshop announced

In collaboration with the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at the University of Illinois, we will be hosting a workshop on using computational techniques to simulate and analyze biological systems.  The focus of the workshop is on the programs NAMD and VMD, developed by the TCB Group.  The workshop will be from Nov. 3 – 7 on the Georgia Tech campus.  More information can be found here: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Training/Workshop/Atlanta2014/

SPS Award

connerPRGroup member Conner Herndon was awarded first place for his presentation at the Society of Physics Students Zone 6 Meeting at the University of Puerto Rico on March 15. His presentation was titled “Computational Determination of Small Molecule Permeability”. Congrats Conner!

Meetings in CO

JC-snowmassJC just returned from two back-to-back meetings in Snowmass, CO.  He presented work on small-helix partitioning in membranes at the first meeting on Free Energy Methods and structures of BamA and a new complex between SecY and a nascent chain at the second meeting on Membrane Proteins.  Not all the time was spent in front of a screen though, as the picture to the right clearly shows!