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Darrin York's Talk at the Gordon Research Conference

Dr. Darrin York will be giving a talk on Wednesday the 5th, on "Calculations of Kinetic Isotope Effects as a Tool to Probe Phosphoryl Transfer Reactions Catalyzed by Enzymes and Ribozymes."

Nobel Prize Winner Martin Karplus was Advisor to Three CCB Faculty

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 was awarded jointly to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems".

20 Years of PME: Symposium Honoring Professor Darrin York, Tom Darden, and Lee G Pedersen

2013 year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first "Particle-mesh Ewald" (PME) paper, which initiated the use of so-called "Fast Ewald" methods in simulations. These methods have computational costs that scale proportionally (linearly) with the size of the molecular system, and for the first time allowed very large macromolecular systems to be simulated stable on long time scales.

Professor Darrin York honored with SAS Award for Distinguished Contribution to Undergraduate Education

Professor Darrin York was one of ten faculty members honored this week with the SAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. These awards are presented to faculty members within the School of Arts and Sciences who are recognized for their accomplishments in the area of undergraduate education, both within and beyond the classroom.

Introducing a Novel E-Learning System Targeting Better Education for Students in the Science Industries

The Rutgers University Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department is quickly moving forward with a novel e-learning system that could transform the way students learn chemistry at universities and grade schools nationwide, while helping educators fill the void for better trained personnel in the science industries.

Bringing the "Wow" Factor to Chemistry Class

Rutgers chemistry Professor Darrin York and lab support specialist Bob Porcja are using in-class demonstrations to get students more interested in an often intimidating subject.

Reaction Path and Transition States for RNA Transphosphorylation Models

Understanding the mechanisms underlying the catalytic properties of RNA have applications in the design of new biotechnology, and are also implicated in the evolutionary origins of life itself. Isotopic labels provide powerful and sensitive experimental probes to fingerprint the nature of transition states in biochemical reactions, which in turn can characterize different reaction mechanisms, particularly with the aid of first-principles calculations from fundamental physical laws in quantum mechanics.

Molecules of RNA Form Biological Catalysts

It is a fundamental question as to how molecules of RNA, with its limited chemical repertoire of fairly inert nucleotide units, are able to form biological catalysts that can speed up reaction rates by 10 million-fold or more. The answer to these questions have implications into the origins of life itself which may well have started from ribonucleic acids in an RNA world.

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