Monday, August 29, 2011

Department Cookout - Kickoff Thur., Sept. 1, @ 5:00

Chemistry Department Cookout – Kickoff
Thursday, Sept. 1, the Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry – students, faculty and families – will meet at 5:00 for tailgating fun before the 7:00 home football game against arch rival Anderson University.  For those of you who attended last year, you will notice two significant changes.  1) Location: we will me in a more festive location; just south of the baseball field (along the 1st base side).  2) Weather: we will plan on nice weather.  Attached are a few fun pictures of us enjoying the cookout and downpour.  Wear casual closes and expect some lawn games as we eat, meet the new freshmen, and catch up with the returning students.  **** Dr. Stan has offered some of her famous cookies to the upper classmen who bring the most freshmen with them.  I suppose there’s room for some scheming in this offer, but we hope everyone will be able to come. 
Let me know if you have any questions. 
                                -Dr. King

Monday, August 15, 2011

TU's Crop Disease Molecular Modeling Research on the Web

Over the past 6 years TU chemistry students/faculty have been using state-of-the-art computer software to create 3-D molecular models of proteins that are crucial to the understanding of crop diseases.  These protein models from a variety of bacterial and fungal pathogens (PGs) and defense proteins (PGIPs) from a variety of crops are being compiled and made publicly available online for crop disease researchers around the world to use. 

The new permanent home for these models is

Thanks to all the students who have contributed significantly to this research effort. 

New Windmills, New Loop, New Roof, etc...

For those of you who haven't been around campus this summer, you'll be in for a few surprises when you return.  The most obvious one will be the two new 120ft high wind turbines just south of Nussbaum.  The Euler construction project is right on schedule and you'll see the building with completed roof and central heliostat tower.  The Loop has been rerouted to travel behind the formor Nussbaum parking lot, passing between the wind turbines. 
Hope everyone has had a great summer!!

Summer 2011 Research

TU Chemistry students, Ben Hayes and Olivia Auell, have spent 8 weeks this summer developing chemical tests to monitor muscle growth.  Currently, they have optimized a method that uses our LCMS to quantify 3-methyl histidine, a metabolic marker for muscle protein breakdown.  They have also been working on gel electrophoresis procedures that can be used to identify muscle fiber types.