Chemistry & Biochemistry kudos

Cody Vaneerd, Michaela Thielen, Erin Carlson, Manibarsha Goswami and John May, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Cody Vaneerd, Biochemistry; Michaela Thielen, Biology; Erin Carlson and Manibarsha Goswami, both University of Minnesota, Dept. of Chemistry; and John May, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Chemistry & Biochemistry; co-authored the article "2-Aminobenzothiazoles Inhibit Virulence Gene Expression and Block Polymyxin Resistance in Salmonella enterica" in ChemBioChem published on Friday, Sept. 11 by Wiley-VCH. The article reports the collaborative discovery of molecules that have the potential to treat infections caused by Salmonella enterica, a major bacterial cause of food-borne illness.

Submitted on: Sept. 11

Jeff Bryan

Jeff Bryan, Chemistry & Biochemistry, served as co-instructor for the Nuclear Chemistry Summer School (NCSS) from June 15 through July 24. Bryan was part of a team of nuclear chemistry instructors selected to teach 24 students. The instructors and students are selected from across the U.S. The NCSS provides exceptional undergraduates with an opportunity to learn about nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry. It began in 1984 and is funded by the Department of Energy.

Submitted on: July 30

Benjamin Haenni

Benjamin Haenni, Chemistry & Biochemistry, served as vital collaborator and champion of lab curricular redesign. Haenni was dropped feet first into an overhaul of the non-majors' organic chemistry laboratory in 2019. The changes were to be designed, tested and implemented by two tenure track faculty in summer 2019, but one co-PI left in May 2019. The sole remaining co-PI did as much as possible, but could not do all the work. Haenni stepped in to test experiments, review and edit lab instructions and modify procedures, and develop question banks. Far from being a passive or skeptical adopter, Haenni went outside his comfort zone and tried seven new experiments with his fall sections. He taught the majority of the fall 2019 and spring 2020 lab sections, and he took the lead on training, knowledge transfer and file sharing for two new lab instructors in spring 2020. Ben has led like a PI in this project, all without recognition or compensation. The success of the project is due in large part to his tireless and enthusiastic efforts.

Submitted on: May 26

Colton Berger, Julian Grosskopf, Gage Stuttgen, Basudeb Bhattacharyya, John May and Todd Weaver

Colton Berger, Julian Grosskopf and Gage Stuttgen, all Biochemistry; and Basudeb Bhattacharyya, John May and Todd Weaver, all Chemistry & Biochemistry; co-authored the article "Closed fumarase C active-site structures reveal SS Loop residue contribution in catalysis." in FEBS Letters published on Jan. 27 by Wiley. The article outlines high-resolution structural results from a collaborative research agreement with the Advanced Photon Source located at Argonne National Laboratory.

Submitted on: Jan. 28

Jeff Bryan

Jeff Bryan, Chemistry & Biochemistry, presented "How to become a nuclear science geek without really trying" at Luther College on Jan. 20 in Decorah, Iowa. Bryan also presented "Nuclear weapons." Both presentations were part of the Chemistry Department's First Year seminar program.

Submitted on: Jan. 21