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SLAS ELN Reports: Marcie Glicksman — The Art of Influencing Discovery
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Whether she represents SLAS2017 as co-chair, ORIG3N as chief scientific officer or one of many medical research foundations for which she serves as a review board member, Marcie Glicksman, Ph.D., effectively wields her 25 years of drug discovery experience and influence. She is passionate that no one misses the next big thing in life sciences research and gives hours each day to encourage innovation and clear paths for continued progress.

Read more about this talented SLAS member in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine feature article.


$100K SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant Applications Now Being Accepted
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The SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant Program facilitates educational opportunities for outstanding students pursuing graduate degrees related to quantitative biosciences and/or life sciences research. SLAS awards up to $50,000 per year, for a maximum of two years, to a qualified educational institution on behalf of deserving students enrolled in a graduate program at that institution. A student's primary research investigator or mentor needs to apply on behalf of the student. Applications for 2017 consideration are due by Nov. 16, 2016.

Erik M. Werner (pictured here) from the Elliot Hui laboratory at the University of California, Irvine, was the program's inaugural winner. Learn more about Werner, his team and his research in the SLAS e-zine and this video.

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SLAS2017 Career Connections Workshops Provide Competitive Edge
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Joanne Kamens, Ph.D., executive director at Addgene, and Daniel Gossett, Ph.D., program director at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases present three career development sessions at SLAS2017, Feb. 4-8, Washington, DC.
  • Mentoring 101 for Scientists Part I (finding mentors/being a great mentee)
  • Mentoring 101 for Scientists Part II (best practices for the mentor)
  • Grants Process and Funding Opportunities from the National Institutes of Health
While these workshops welcome participants at all levels, they are especially valuable for students and early career professionals.

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JALA Open Access: Plasma-Treated Microplates with Enhanced Protein Recoveries and Minimized Extractables
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NEW and FREE at JALA Online — Si02 Medical Products and MIT report on theSi02 technology based on plasma treatment that chemically modifies the surface of polypropylene with predominantly hydrogen-bond-acceptor uncharged polar groups.

"Two common microplate formats were used to examine their performance with five model proteins compared with those of both commercial standard and low-protein-binding microplates on the market today. The plasma treatment chemically modifies polypropylene microplates, resulting in more hydrophilic surfaces."

Read the results in this SAGE Choice article, allowing all readers immediate free access to the full manuscript.


SLAS2017 Short Course Spotlight: Introduction to Laboratory Automation
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A highly rated mainstay at the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition, this full-day course is taught by SLAS Director of Education Steve Hamilton and Jay Gill of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. The course helps participants understand industry drivers, costs and benefits of lab automation; learn methods of planning and executing successful automation projects; appreciate the strategy and technical features that make up a successful automated system; become aware of up and downstream impacts of lab automation; learn about current and future lab automation technologies; and develop an understanding of the issues, strategies and tools for managing data from automated systems.

"Introduction to Laboratory Automation" is one of 21 short courses to be held at SLAS2017.

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Chemists Prepare an Inorganic Double-Helix Structure for the First Time
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Double-helix molecules are frequently encountered in biological and synthetic organic systems, where they typically provide improved strength and better electrical properties relative to materials containing linear chains or single helices. DNA is the defining example. A purely inorganic double helix has been hard to come by, until now. More

Facing the Ethical Challenges of Genome Editing
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As humans we constantly stand upon a precipice, trying to straddle what is good for our species and what is ethical as a species. We are constantly faced with the question "just because we can do it, should we?" Nowhere has this become more apparent in recent years than within the field of molecular biology. Advances in genome editing — such as the CRISPR/Cas9 system — burst upon the scene several years ago, igniting the imagination of scientists for new and unique ways potentially to cure some of the world's most debilitating illnesses. More

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Reading the Rules of Gene Regulation with CRISPR
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We have a reasonable understanding of the rules behind the genome's protein-coding components. We can look at a DNA sequence and point with confidence to where a gene's coding region begins, where it ends, and pieces of its geography. For the remaining 98 percent of the genome — the part that dictates which genes a cell reads — it's a different story. What knowledge we have of the rules governing this "dark matter" comes from from studying and manipulating individual bits of noncoding DNA one at a time. More

Building Nanowires from Micelles: Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Alternating Amphiphilic Glycopolypeptide Brushes with Pendants of High-Mannose Glycodendron and Oligophenylalanine
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Mimicking the diverse glyco-conjugate structures in nature is always the dream of scientists. Right now, hierarchical self-assembled structures of natural conjugates of peptides and sugars could not easily be achieved via linear glycopolypeptide with monosaccharides as attachments. In this work, by using a series of well-designed alternating amphiphilic glycopolypeptide brushes (AAGBs) with pendants of glycodendrons and short peptides, various self-assembled morphologies were achieved, including nanowires, nanoribbon, and compound micelles mainly depending on the number ratio of the sugar units to the amino acids species (S/F). More

Researchers Demonstrate a Few-Component System of Interacting Organic Species That Displays Autocatalytic Features    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A team of researchers at Harvard University has demonstrated a few-component system of interacting organic species that, when combined into a reaction network, displayed autocatalytic and oscillatory features — a first. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team explains how they developed their process and why they believe it may lead to a better understanding of the factors that led to the formation of life on Earth. More

Scientists Pair Up Two Stars From the World of Chemistry
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Many scientists consider graphene to be a wonder material. Now, a team of researchers has succeeded in linking graphene with another important chemical group, the porphyrins. Porphyrins are well-known because of their striking functional properties which for example play a central role in chlorophyll during photosynthesis. These new hybrid structures could also be used in the field of molecular electronics, catalysis or even as sensors. More

Researchers Discover More Efficient Way to Split Water, Produce Hydrogen
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Hydrogen is often considered a fuel for the future, in the form of fuel cells to power electric motors or burned in internal combustion engines. But finding a practical, inexpensive and nontoxic way to produce large amounts of hydrogen gas — especially by splitting water into its component parts, hydrogen and oxygen — has been a challenge. A team of researchers from the University of Houston and the California Institute of Technology has reported a more efficient catalyst. More

Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
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Tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS), a combination of Raman spectroscopy and apertureless near-field scanning optical microscopy using a metallic tip which resonates with the local mode of the surface plasmon, can provide a high-sensitive and high-spatial-resolution optical analytical approach. The basic principle of TERS, common experimental setups, various SPM technologies, and excitation/collection configurations are introduced as well as recent research progress with respect to TERS. More


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