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2014-15 Montague Scholar for COALS goes to Dr. Margy Glasner

Betty Cotton : August 7, 2014 3:21 pm : BioBio News

Dr. Glasner named COALS 2014-15 Montague Scholar

Dr. Glasner named COALS 2014-15 Montague Scholar

The Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholars Program honors early-career excellence in undergraduate teaching at Texas A&M University. Since 1991, the CTE has been recognizing one tenure-track assistant professor in each college with a $6,500 grant to encourage further development of undergraduate teaching excellence. This year, this honor was announced to Dr. Margy Glasner on July 28, 2014 during the Biochemistry & Biophysics faculty meeting that was visited by Executive Associate Dean, Dr. Alan Sams and Chief of Staff, Cady Auckerman. Dr. Glasner said, “the best reward for teaching is to interact with students as they suddenly begin to understand difficult concepts. This has also been an incentive for continually improving my teaching strategies”. In her BICH 441 class, she has replaced quizzes that rely on rote memorization, with in-class exercises, so that she can coach the students through solving more complicated problems. In her Honors section of BICH 441, she has incorporated a research project on predicting enzyme functions using bioinformatics. Some of Dr. Glasner’s students evaluations commented on how Dr. Glasner keeps the materials interesting and related to everyday life. They found it weird, not only did they actually enjoy the class and the materials, but were astounded in how much they learned in her class. The Department Head of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Dr. Greg Reinhart, was well pleased with Dr. Glasner for bringing on such great recognition to our department.

Pellois’ Lab publishes in Nature Methods

Betty Cotton : June 26, 2014 3:05 pm : BioBio News


Making its way through a bunch of news outlets is the discovery from Dr. Pellois’ lab of a “Trojan Horse” way to deliver protein into a cell without harming it. Read more here: today.agrilife.org-Researchers_discover_Trojan_Horse_method_of_penetrating_cellular_walls_without_harm

Yuan Yang awarded American Heart Association fellowship

jimhu : June 19, 2014 12:10 pm : BioBio News

Yuan Yang, a graduate student in Dr. Tatyana Igumenova’s laboratory, has been awarded a highly competitive 2-year Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association. The objective of her research is to understand how the activity of Protein Kinase Calpha, an enzyme involved in progression and development of cardiovascular disease, is regulated by the peptidyl-prolyl isomerase Pin1. Yuan has also delivered a talk on this subject at the 2014 Biophysical Society meeting in San Francisco.

Congratulations to Yuan!