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Volume 16 Number 19

February 22, 2012

Carleton Chemistry Department Welcomes a New Faculty Member!

We are very pleased to let the Carleton Chemistry community know that Dr. Chris Calderone has accepted our offer of a tenure-track position in Chemistry.  Chris is currently an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Macalester College, and he will join us officially in September 2012, although he plans to be in residence during the summer of 2012.  Chris will teach biological and general chemistry, as well as upper-level biological chemistry courses to start with, and will continue his active research program in biological chemistry with students here at Carleton.

We are especially grateful to all of the chemistry students who participated in the interview process by attending seminars, lunches, etc.  I hope you all will make Chris feel welcome when he arrives on campus.

Deborah Gross

Seminar Announcement

Friday, February 24, 2012
3:30 p.m.
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Christopher Larson (’89)
Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America

Mitigating Cardiometabolic & Inflammatory Risk Factors for Chronic Diseases

The seminar will cover several case studies of pharmaceutical drug discovery efforts to mitigate cardiometabolic and inflammatory risk factors for chronic diseases.  The interaction between a polygenic susceptibility background and a physical environment favoring positive energy balance leads most modern humans at risk for metabolic disorders during their lifetime.  Highlights from three efforts to develop pharmaceutical treatments for such conditions will be presented, including an agent for the treatment of insulin resistance, an agent that inhibits inflammation preclinically and clinically, and an agent that elevates “good” cholesterol in rodents and humans.

Journal Club Meets This Week

Journal Club meets this Thursday at noon in Mudd 171 to have lunch and discuss a paper relating to this week’s seminar.  Go to the following for information about what to read beforehand:

MIT Energy Conference – Invitation from Alum Jolene Mork

I’m helping to organize the MIT Energy Conference this year which is being held March 16-17, and I thought this would be a really excellent opportunity for interested Carleton students to check out lots of employers/organizations involved in the energy industry.  The conference is during Carleton’s spring break, which increases the probability that students could attend.  The conference will feature workshops and a showcase (including posters from both academic labs as well as start-ups in all areas of energy research) on Friday the 16th as well as a variety of panels and talks on Saturday the 17th.  I think this would be an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in energy to learn about the field and see what kinds of research are being done in areas as diverse as solar, wind, gas, nuclear, energy storage, the grid, biofuels, etc.  It would also be a great chance to meet people involved in these fields to ask questions as well as network, and I know there are various volunteer positions that will be available that would offer more networking time.  The website for the conference is here:

Registration is $50 for early bird through next week, $60 after that, and the conference is at MIT.  There are tons of alumni who live here who could probably be convinced to house a student for a few nights.  Energy is a booming field now, and something I think lots of Carleton students are interested in.  Anyone who is interested and wants more information, or who is interested in finding an alumni host, is welcome to contact Jolene (