Kansas IDeA Investigators in the News
Barbara Timmermann, University of Kansas Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, has been elected to serve on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Council Affairs.
AAAS seeks to advance science, engineering and innovation worldwide. The group was founded in 1848 and includes 254 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Its journal, Science, has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated 1 million readers. (more)
LAWRENCE - The deep study of complex biomedical problems requires stable, long-term research funding. Robert Hanzlik, a professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Kansas, understands that better than most.
In 2002, the National Institutes of Health awarded Hanzlik a five-year, $10 million grant to create the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Protein Structure and Function (COBRE-PSF). The success of Hanzlik’s team, which included Mary Lou Michaelis, now-emeritus professor of pharmacology and toxicology, led to a second five-year, $10 million grant in 2008. (More)
LAWRENCE - Barbara Timmermann, University of Kansas Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP), a distinction awarded to fewer than 5 percent of this professional organization's members.
According to the ASP, they selected Timmermann in recognition of her lifelong accomplishments in the natural products sciences and her contributions to the society and the discipline of natural products chemistry. As a fellow, she will support and promote the discipline of natural products chemistry by example as well as by proactive efforts. (More)
Joe Lutkenhaus, Ph.D., a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Immunology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Lutkenhaus was one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries who were elected to the academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
"I was obviously pleasantly surprised and perhaps a bit in shock considering how prestigious the academy is," Lutkenhaus says. (More)
What does Nancy Kassebaum Baker, the former U.S. Senator from Kansas, have to do with laser technology that's housed on the third floor of a University of Kansas Medical Center research building? More than you might think.
In 1993, Kassebaum co-sponsored the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act. Among other things, the law established a program designed to foster biomedical research in states, like Kansas, with historically low success rates for obtaining NIH grants. (More)
Joe Lutkenhaus, Ph.D., a Distinguished Professor of microbiology, molecular genetics and immunology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, has been named one of three winners of the 2012 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize by Columbia University in recognition of his work to understand the intricate, dynamic, and three-dimensional organization of bacterial cells.
Lutkenhaus shares this year's prize with Richard M. Losick, Ph.D., the Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology at Harvard University, and Lucy Shapiro, Ph.D., the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Chair in Cancer Research in the Department of Developmental Biology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (More)
LAWRENCE - A new $11 million, five-year grant will enable University of Kansas researchers on the Lawrence campus to better understand the molecular basis of diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's.
Funding from the National Institutes of Health will create a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE): the Center for the Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways. The grant was awarded to Susan Lunte, the Ralph N. Adams Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and director of the Adams Institute for Bioanalytical Chemistry. (More)
Barbara N. Timmermann
LAWRENCE - Barbara Timmermann, University Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Kansas, has been elected vice president of the American Society of Pharmacognosy.
Her duties will begin with her installation at the society's annual meeting, which starts July 10 in Tampa, Fla. She will become president at the 2011 annual meeting in San Diego. Timmermann will be only the second female president since the foundation of the society in 1959. (More)
Daniel C. Marcus
MANHATTAN -- A Kansas State University professor has been elected to serve on a national committee that seeks to elevate biomedical research resources in Kansas and other states.
Daniel C. Marcus, university distinguished professor of anatomy and physiology, will serve a four-year term on the National Committee for the National Association of IDeA Principal Investigators. The 20-member committee assists the National Center for Research Resources, a division of the National Institutes of Health, in strengthening biomedical research in 23 states -- including Kansas -- that are part of the Institutional Development Awards, or IDeA, network. The committee meets in Washington, D.C. (More)