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Hard at Work - Summer 2019

Our summer REU students are working hard in the lab! With six undergrads, things have been pretty busy. This picture shows (front to back) Becca, Sarah, Taylor, Rebecca, Katie, and Kayla working at their terminals. (Photo by Siddik Alom.)

 

Students working at their PCs

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Lab Move 2019

Congraulations to everyone on successfully moving the lab from 3322 and 3323 to 2206! This move allows us to reorganize and optimze our workflow, and it puts us closer to the autoclave and fluorimeter currently found in the Curie Lab. Moving was a lot of work, but hopefully the results will be increased productivity and a more cohesive workspace.

 

Student bench space:

Student bench space
 

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Becca and Randy Pass their OPs

This week Becca and Randy both passed the comprehensive oral/written exams. Becca's proposed project involved monitoring how biochar influences mycorrhizae metabolism, and Randy proposed studying the IcaB protein and its involvement in biofilms. Congratulations, Becca and Randy!

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Dr. Fitzkee Receives Alumni Graduate Teaching Award

Dr. Fitzkee has been awarded the Alumni Association 2019 Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. This award is given to one MSU faculty member each year, and applicants must submit all syllabi used, several letters of support from past and present students, as well as a detailed statement of teaching philosophy. In addition, applicants are evaluated by classroom observation. Dr. Fitzkee will be recognized on April 25th at the MSU Faculty Awards and Recognition Reception.

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Welcome Suhas Tikole

We welcome Suhas Tikole, a new postdoc who began his position on March 1. Suhas comes to us from India, and previously he was a postdoc at UC Merced. His expertise is in advanced NMR data processing, and he has worked previously on cysteine knot proteins. Welcome, Suhas!

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MSU Upgraded to R1 Research University

Just in time for the holidays, MSU's Carnegie Classification was updated to "R1: Doctoral Universities, Very High Research Activity." This is great news, as it reflects MSU's leadership as a research institution nationwide. An institution is only as good as its employees, grad students included, so good work, all!

You can read the full PR piece from the MSU website here.

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