We just closed out another great Computational Biophysics workshop (the 45th in the series running since 2003!) here in Atlanta. The workshop, sponsored by JC’s former lab in Urbana, covered topics ranging from molecular dynamics to whole cell simulations to even DNA origami! We had about 25 participants from around the southeast (and beyond) spend their week here with us. It was exhausting, but fun, and now we look forward to the next time we will host one again.
Curtis and JC’s work on simulating the transporter BtuB in its native outer-membrane environment is now a featured article in the latest issue of Biophysical Journal. Congrats Curtis!
JC and Karl just got back from the Molecular Biophysics of Membranes meeting in Snowmass, CO. Along with some great science at the meeting, we also got great views, such as the one of Crater Lake above!
JC just got back from the Canadian Society for Chemistry meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia. While Halifax is a great summer destination, JC was there in particular for a reunion of former students, postdocs, and (current) friends of Benoit Roux organized by Chris Rowley (Memorial University, lower right of the picture). It was a fantastic few days full of good science and great company.
Alex Covington, senior physics student, won the “Roger M. Wartell, Ph.D., and Stephen E. Brossette, M.D., Ph.D., Award for Multidisciplinary Studies in Biology, Physics, and Mathematics” from the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech. It comes with a $3,000 scholarship and a certificate to be awarded at a ceremony on April 22. Alex won for his tireless efforts on integrating a lightweight version of the molecular dynamics program NAMD into the visualization program VMD. Such a tool would provide numerous benefits for, e.g., structure completion, system building, and education.