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Save the Date--Nobel Laureate to Speak at GVSU April 3

Date: January 29, 2013



The GVSU Chemistry Department Announces the Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry, April 3, 2013

 by Prof. Ada Yonath 
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2009
Director, the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly
Professor, Department of Structural Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A Prebiotic Bonding Apparatus is Still Functioning in the Contemporary Ribosomes

Chemistry Seminar ¾ 1 p.m.
123 Manitou Hall, Allendale Campus

 Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Amazing Ribosome and Its Tiny Enemies

Reception ¾ 5 p.m.
Evening Lecture ¾ 6 p.m.
Loosemore Auditorium
Pew Campus, Grand Rapids

 Dr. Ada Yonath won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009.  She is currently Professor of Structural Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science and Director of the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly in Israel. She also manages a research group at the Max Planck Unit of Structural Molecular Biology at DESY in Hamburg, Germany.

A pioneer of ribosome crystallography, Dr. Yonath has won numerous awards in addition to the Nobel Prize such as being the first winner of the European Crystallography Prize, established to recognize significant achievements by European crystallographers,.  She is also a member of the Israeli Academy for Science and Humanities.   She began this work in the late 1970s, long before most scientists thought it possible to crystallize such a large, irregular structure. In 1980, she created the first ribosome crystals. Dr. Yonath is also a pioneer in the use of cryocrystallography, flash-freezing crystals, to minimize damage caused by intense X-rays.

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