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Volume 10, Number 4

October 5, 2005

chemistry compsChemistry Comps!!journal club

Calling All Seniors!
Updated comps document now available!

If you’re a senior and interested in commencing from the protective custody of Carleton this spring, you’ll want to consult the updated comps document that has now been posted on our departmental web site:

This document describes in excruciating detail what you will need to do to complete this college-wide requirement as a chemistry major. The important date to keep in mind is the proposal deadline of Thursday, October 20. Whether you’re interested in an individual comps experience or the ever-popular group discussion experience, you’ll need to submit a proposal by this deadline two weeks from now. Note that proposals should be turned in to either Wendy Zimmerman or me, your friendly Chemistry Comps Director. In the meantime, please contact me if you have any comps related questions.

Steve Drew

seminarSeminar Announcement!

Friday, October 7, 2005
3:30 p.m.
Olin 04

Ann McDermott
Columbia University

Enzyme Motions: TIM and P450

We discuss the plasticity of the active sites of enzymes, including Cytochrome P450 and Trisoephosphate Isomerase. Movements of the active sites of both enzymes are required for catalytic function. We have pursued structural and dynamic aspects of these movements using a variety of biophysical methods, including solid state NMR methods. The state of the technique of solid state NMR of proteins will also be briefly summarized, including opportunities for structural characterization and dynamic characterization.

Friday’s lunch with the seminar speaker will be at noon in East Dining Hall. If you’re interested in attending, please sign up on the sheet on the Mudd computer room window.

journal clubJournal Club Meets This Weekjournal club

Journal Club meets this Thursday at noon in Mudd 171 to discuss a paper relating to this week's seminar. For information about what to read beforehand, see the seminar web page:

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All-Science & Math Sigma Xi Poster Session

Friday, October 21, 2005
Hulings Atrium
3:30-4:30 p.m.

With Halloween food goodies!

The Annual All-Science/Math Poster Session, our annual celebration of the scholarly achievements of Carleton students, will be held again in the Hulings Hall Atrium. Students who did summer research at Carleton or elsewhere will be presenting their results in poster format. Please come support them! You are welcome to come and go over the hour. We strongly encourage everyone to attend and talk with some of the presenters about their projects. You’ll learn a lot of new and interesting science and math.

If you did research somewhere last summer (at Carleton or elsewhere), please consider presenting a poster. In many cases, students use a poster that is already prepared. If you did summer research at Carleton last summer, please talk to your summer research advisor if you need advice about (or funds for) making your poster. If you do present, please show up 10-15 minutes early and find a place to mount your poster. Your poster can be up to 42" tall and 4-5' wide. Supplies for attaching your poster to easels will be provided in Hulings.

The poster session is co-sponsored by Sigma Xi and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to Carleton.

Trish Ferrett

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