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Online Workshop on Simulating Membrane Channels hosted by Emad Tajkhorshid

Computer Simulation of Biological and Artificial Membrane Channels

Modeling and simulation of molecular systems have become inseparable components of modern research in molecular biology. In particular, molecular dynamics simulation is increasingly used to investigate the mechanism and structure-function relationship of a wide range of biological macromolecules. The course will present a brief introduction to such methodologies, and uses membrane proteins as an example of how computational biophysical methods and simulation technologies can be applied to biological problems. The molecular systems used as examples will include biological water channels, as well as carbon nanotubes as artificial materials used in nanotechnology. The goal of the course is to walk the participants through various steps involved in modeling, simulation setup, and analysis of the results of molecular dynamics simulations and discuss what can be learnt from simulation studies of these systems. The lectures are accompanied by hands-on tutorials in which the students can set up and run simulations on their own.

This workshop, hosted by Emad Tajkhorshid, will take place on November 28 – December 1, 2011. It is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in computational and biophysical areas. Working familiarity with the VMD and NAMD software used in the workshop is assumed. Streaming video of a recorded lecture, tutorial self-study, and Skype/phone contact with the instructor are used to deliver course content. Enrollment is limited to ten participants. There is no fee for the workshop.

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Logo design contest winner to be announced

Because the MPSD C website is our primary means of communicating with the biophysical community at large, we are currently planning significant improvements to our website in terms of content, organization, and overall aesthetics. As part of this broader redesign initiative, last year we announced a contest to design our official logo for use on the website and in official publications. The contest was open to all post docs, graduate students, lab technicians, and lab personnel associated with the Consortium, who were asked to submit a stylized design that informs and captures the spirit of the Consortium. These logos were reviewed by the Executive Committee of the MPSDC, who judged the logos based on creativity, originality, aesthetics, use of space, and color. The prize for the winning logo designer will be an Apple iPad with Wi-Fi and 32GB Memory.

We are pleased to announce that we have made our decision, which will be made public shortly. We would like to thank all of the Consortium affiliates who participated in the contest for their time and creativity. What follows after the jump are several of the submissions that we received.

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Klaus Schulten named 2012 Biophysical Society Fellow

Today, the Biophysical Society announced its seven 2012 Society Fellows, which includes Computational Core member Klaus Schulten. Fellows are chosen based on their demonstrated excellence in science, contributions to the expansion of the field of biophysics, and support of the Biophysical Society. The Fellows will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the Biophysical Society’s 56th Annual Meeting on Monday February 27, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

Klaus Schulten was nominated for his groundbreaking effort to develop computational molecular biology as an important tool to solve problems in biophysics.

Congratulations, Klaus, and the rest of the Theoretical and Computational Physics Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!

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