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Faculty, Students Present Research at Molecular Biophysics Program

Manju Hingorani, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, speaks on DNA mismatch repair during the 10th annual Molecular Biophysics Program Sept. 24 at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown. More than 70 students and faculty attended the day-long event.

Manju Hingorani, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, speaks on DNA mismatch repair during the 10th annual Molecular Biophysics Program Sept. 24 at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown. More than 70 students and faculty attended the day-long event.

Wilma Olson, the Mary I. Bunting Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers University, was the keynote speaker. She spoke about DNA Mechanics and Regulation. Olson is an expert on the influence of chemical architecture on the structure and properties of nucleic acids.

Wilma Olson, the Mary I. Bunting Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers University, was the keynote speaker. She spoke about DNA Mechanics and Regulation. Olson is an expert on the influence of chemical architecture on the structure and properties of nucleic acids.

At left, Michael Weir, director of the Hughes Program in the Life Sciences, professor of biology, and in center, Brian Northrop, assistant professor of chemistry, listen to Olson's presentation.

At left, Michael Weir, director of the Hughes Program in the Life Sciences, professor of biology, and in center, Brian Northrop, assistant professor of chemistry, listen to Olson's presentation.

Northrop also delivered a talk during the retreat titled 'Dynamic self-assembly as a route to new organic materials.'

Northrop also delivered a talk during the retreat titled 'Dynamic self-assembly as a route to new organic materials.'

During a poster session, molecular biology and biochemistry graduate student F. Noah Biro explains his DNA mismatch repair research titled "Developing Reporter Systems to Monitor the Structural Dynamics of MutS." Biro's faculty advisor is Manju Hingorani.

During a poster session, molecular biology and biochemistry graduate student F. Noah Biro explains his DNA mismatch repair research titled "Developing Reporter Systems to Monitor the Structural Dynamics of MutS." Biro's faculty advisor is Manju Hingorani.

Laurel Appel, director of the McNair Program, adjunct associate professor of biology, senior research associate, listens to Biro explain his research.

Laurel Appel, director of the McNair Program, adjunct associate professor of biology, senior research associate, listens to Biro explain his research.

Olson mingled with students during the Poster Session.

Olson mingled with students during the Poster Session.

Chemistry graduate student Daniel Czyzyk, center, explains his research titled "Heptosyltransferase I and its Role in Biofilm Formation." Czyzyk's advisor is Erika Taylor, assistant professor of chemistry.

Chemistry graduate student Daniel Czyzyk, center, explains his research titled "Heptosyltransferase I and its Role in Biofilm Formation." Czyzyk's advisor is Erika Taylor, assistant professor of chemistry.

David Beveridge, the University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics, professor of chemistry, reads through the program schedule.

David Beveridge, the University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics, professor of chemistry, reads through the program schedule.

Chemistry graduate student Sattanathan Paramasivan talks about his research titled "A mix and measure fluorescence screening assay for the exploration of selective quadruplex binders." Paramasivan's advisor is Philip Bolton, professor of chemistry.

Chemistry graduate student Sattanathan Paramasivan talks about his research titled "A mix and measure fluorescence screening assay for the exploration of selective quadruplex binders." Paramasivan's advisor is Philip Bolton, professor of chemistry.

Rich Olson, assistant professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, speaks on "Poring over the structural basis of Vibro cholerae cytolysin assembly."

Rich Olson, assistant professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, speaks on "Poring over the structural basis of Vibro cholerae cytolysin assembly."

Chemistry Department research assistant Elizabeth Wheatley, right, speaks to Olga Buzovetsky '10, about her research titled "A Molecular Dynamics Study of DNA Bending in the Integration Host Factor-DNA Complex." The complex of the protein IHF with oligometric DNA results in a highly-unusual structure in which the DNA is bent by nearly 180 degrees. Wheatley's advisor is David Beveridge.

Chemistry Department research assistant Elizabeth Wheatley, right, speaks to Olga Buzovetsky '10, about her research titled "A Molecular Dynamics Study of DNA Bending in the Integration Host Factor-DNA Complex." The complex of the protein IHF with oligometric DNA results in a highly-unusual structure in which the DNA is bent by nearly 180 degrees. Wheatley's advisor is David Beveridge.

Molecular biology and biochemistry graduate student Yan Li explains her research titled "Investigation of the Binding Interaction of S. cerevisiae MutS homologs MSH2-MSH6 and MSH4-MSH5 with Holliday Junctions." Yan's advisors are Ishita Mukerji, chair and professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, and Manju Hingorani. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake and Manju Hingorani)

Molecular biology and biochemistry graduate student Yan Li explains her research titled "Investigation of the Binding Interaction of S. cerevisiae MutS homologs MSH2-MSH6 and MSH4-MSH5 with Holliday Junctions." Yan's advisors are Ishita Mukerji, chair and professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, and Manju Hingorani. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake and Manju Hingorani)

Katzin ’10 Explores Museum Curating through Summer Institute Program

Jeff Katzin '10 received a Certificate in Art Museum Studies after completing the Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies (SIAMS) at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Jeff Katzin '10 received a Certificate in Art Museum Studies after completing the Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies (SIAMS) at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

For six weeks, Jeff Katzin ’10 studied with museum curators and art faculty, took behind-the-scenes tours of museums and helped execute an exhibition.

Katzin was one of 15 students who participated in the Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies (SIAMS) at Smith College from June 15 to July 24. He received a Certificate in Art Museum Studies upon completion of the highly-selective program.

“At SIAMS, I met with current professionals, I learned about issues and debates regarding museums and their collections from the program’s directors and visiting speakers, and I visited many museums and saw a lot of great art,” Katzin says.

Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and numerous individual donors, SIAMS is a six-week intensive program that introduces college students and recent graduates to various aspects of art museums,

Mellon Fellows Study Imprisoned Fathers, Haitian Diaspora, Jamaica’s Post-Independence Identity

CaVar Reid '11, a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, presents his research proposal July 30 in Fisk Hall. Reid's project is titled "Ain't No Fathers in the Hood: An Ethnography of Incarcerated Black Fatherhood."

CaVar Reid '11, a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, presents his research proposal July 30 in Fisk Hall. Reid's project is titled "Ain't No Fathers in the Hood: An Ethnography of Incarcerated Black Fatherhood."

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, one out of every three black men between the ages 20 and 29 is in prison, on probation or on parole. Of these men, 94 percent are fathers.

English and African American Studies major CaVar Reid ’11 is curious to discover how prison affects a man’s ability to be a father.

“I want to ask them, ‘What were your expectations about your relationships with your children when you were incarcerated? How do you think your incarceration has affected your children? How did you stay involved with your children?'” Reid says.

As a 2009-11 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Reid will have the opportunity to interview incarcerated and former prisoners at the Osborne Association for an independent research project titled “Ain’t No Fathers in the Hood: An Ethnography of Incarcerated Black Fatherhood.” His study will include the interviews, and cite historians, social workers and anthropologists on prison fatherhood.

“With my data I am trying to tell the story of a group of black men who, I would suggest,

Seniors Project Takes Student Researchers to Puerto Rico

At left, Hannah Hastings ‘’08 and Andrea Pain ‘‘08 snorkeled the Puerto Rico shoreline to collect seagrass as part of their earth and environmental sciences senior research seminar.

In January, Hannah Hastings ‘’08 and Andrea Pain ‘‘08 collected seagrass from the ocean floor to study nutrient content in a dinoflagellate-rich ecosystem off the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. The seniors returned to Wesleyan and analyzed their samples for carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus levels. They discovered a high ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus compared to the normal ratio in the ocean.

“”We discovered that high dinoflagellate concentrations are directly associated with elevated nitrogen to phosphorus ratios,”” Pain said during Part I of the Earth and Environmental Science Department’s Senior Seminar Research Project colloquium March 6. Part II of the colloquium is scheduled for March 25.