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Oct. 12 Deadline: SLAS2016 Student Poster Competition
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Submit your abstract for the opportunity to share your achievements, gain valuable exposure and maybe even win $500. SLAS2016 poster judges evaluate a presenter's ability to explain key concepts, respond to questions and demonstrate enthusiasm for their work.

The top three student poster authors receive cash awards of $500 each, and further opportunities to discuss their work in a podcast of The Lab Man and a feature article in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine. Not a student? Submit your poster abstract by Oct. 12 to be notified about acceptance before the Oct. 30 SLAS2016 early-bird registration deadline.


SLAS ELN Reports: Win-Win — SLAS and Keck Graduate Institute Collaborate on JALA Special Issue
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Exceptional students in a Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) medical diagnostics course boosted their professional experience and career confidence by turning their team-based course reports into journal technology reviews. KGI advisors Angelika Niemz, Ph.D. and Jim Osborne, Ph.D., worked with the SLAS journal team to guide their students through the rigor of the peer review and revision process, resulting in the recently published October JALA Special Issue on In Vitro Diagnostic Technology Reviews from Keck Graduate Institute School of Applied Life Science.

"I definitely think this process has helped validate my position as a scientist and as a person in medicine," says author Nakia Sarad. "It took something we studied throughout the course and made it real."

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SLAS2016 Innovation AveNEW Applications Due Oct. 9
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Start-up companies gain access to key decision-makers and SLAS2016 participants get a sneak peek at emerging technologies through the SLAS Innovation AveNEW program. A review panel evaluates applications from start-up entrepreneurial companies, rating their technical merit and commercial feasibility.

Selected companies receive kiosk exhibit space, travel and lodging for one company representative and the opportunity to participate in the Late Night with LRIG: Rapid-Fire Innovation Session. Check the website for full details and links to previous SLAS Innovation AveNEW success stories.


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SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant Program Applications Due Oct. 23
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The 2016 application deadline nears for the new SLAS grant program that will award up to $50,000 per year, for a maximum of two years, to qualified educational institutions on behalf of outstanding students conducting novel quantitative biosciences and life sciences research at those institutions.

"We're looking to provide an opportunity for the best of the best — those scientists doing exciting, state-of-the-art work who will be leaders in the field as they move forward in their careers," says Susan M. Lunte, Ph.D., University of Kansas, SLAS Board of Directors member and chair of the SLAS Education Fellowship Grant Review Panel. Lunte explains the new program in the recent SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine feature article.

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2016 SLAS Leadership Forum: Genome-Based Therapeutics — Are We Finally There?
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Four panelists headline the Society's second annual forum dedicated to strategic-caliber issues in life sciences R&D:
  • Michael M. Gottesman, U.S. National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute and SLAS2016 keynote speaker
  • Jennifer Harris, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF)
  • John Leite, Illumina
  • Matthew J. McGinnis, Genoptix
SLAS Past President Daniel G. Sipes of GNF moderates the free-flowing discussion at this invitation-only event for executives, senior-level management and key opinion leaders from throughout the SLAS community. Read about the inaugural SLAS Leadership Forum in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine.


JBS Online Features New Manuscripts Ahead-of-Print
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New manuscripts available only to SLAS Biomolecular Sciences Section members and JBS subscribers ahead-of-print:
  • The Evolution of MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry toward Ultra-High-Throughput Screening: 1536-Well Format and Beyond
  • Construction of a Semisynthetic Human VH Single-Domain Antibody Library and Selection of Domain Antibodies against α-Crystalline of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Screening and Identification of a Phage Display Derived Peptide That Specifically Binds to the CD44 Protein Region Encoded by Variable Exons

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Dissecting the Structure of Membrane Proteins
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Membrane proteins, such as receptors, ion channels, and transporters, comprise nearly 30% of all proteins in eukaryotic cells. They also constitute more than 50% of all drug targets. Yet, membrane proteins continue to present considerable challenges to the field of structural biology. Their surface is relatively hydrophobic, usually requiring potentially harmful detergent solubilization. Conformational flexibility and instability also may create roadblocks for the expression and purification required for structural analysis. More

New Metabolomic Platform Reveals Fundamental Flaw in Common Lab Technology
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A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) shows that a technology used in thousands of laboratories, called gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS), fundamentally alters the samples it analyzes. "We found that even relatively low temperatures used in GC-MS can have a detrimental effect on small molecule analysis," said study senior author Gary Siuzdak, senior director of TSRI's Scripps Center for Metabolomics and professor of chemistry, molecular and computational biology. More

Liquid Cooling Moves onto the Chip for Denser Electronics
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Using microfluidic passages cut directly into the backsides of production field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are putting liquid cooling right where it's needed the most — a few hundred microns away from where the transistors are operating. Combined with connection technology that operates through structures in the cooling passages, the new technologies could allow development of denser and more powerful integrated electronic systems that would no longer require heat sinks or cooling fans on top of the integrated circuits. More

Q&A: Jennifer Doudna Talks About Promise and Restraint in Future of CRISPR
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Last week, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's meeting on genome engineering was dedicated to the "CRISPR/Cas9 Revolution." Indeed, 2015 has been the breakout year for CRISPR and it has taken off as both a research tool and a cause for public concern. As CRISPR/Cas9's profile has risen, so has Jennifer Doudna's. She has stepped up as one of the public faces of the technology, drawing attention to both its promise and perils. More

NCATS Funding Opportunities
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The National Institute of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) invites SLAS members to consider applying for new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunities:
  • 013 Development of Stem Cell-based Assay for High-Throughput Screening of Chemicals of Toxicological Concern
  • 014 Development of Smart Plate Technology
The deadline is October 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET. NCATS also has SBIR and STTR grant funding opportunities available. NCATS leaders have extended an opportunity to SLAS members to discuss potential project ideas prior to submitting an application. Visit the NCATS SBIR and STTR website or contact

A New Collaborative Approach for Chemists
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The field of organic synthesis has undergone a startling shift of emphasis during the past 20 years. The pinnacle of research was once the total synthesis of natural products. Many research groups fiercely competed to be the first to make a particular molecular target. Consequently, the field developed a highly competitive atmosphere, and it was rare to find synthetic organic chemists working together toward a common research goal. More

Flipping Molecular Attachments Amps up Activity of CO2 Catalyst    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New research by chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and their collaborators offers clues that could help scientists design more effective catalysts for transforming carbon dioxide (CO2) to useful products. The study, published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, reveals how a simple rearrangement of molecular attachments on an iridium hydride catalyst can greatly improve its ability to coax notoriously stable CO2 molecules to react. More

Mystery of Cell-Cell Repulsion Solved
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Call it The Case of the Colliding Fibroblasts. It started more than 50 years ago, when English researcher Michael Abercrombie first observed the contact inhibition of locomotion (CIL). He was tailing fibroblasts, the motile constituents of connective tissue. He saw fibroblasts bump into each other and then move off in different directions. What furtive exchange, Abercrombie wondered, could prompt fibroblasts to take a powder? More


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