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Şölen's crystal paper featured on cover of J. Phys. Chem. B

Şölen Ekesan’s paper "Framework for Conducting and Analyzing Crystal Simulations of Nucleic Acids to Aid in Modern Force Field Evaluation" is featured on the cover of the June 6th issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry B. Her paper introduces a framework for B-factor decomposition into additive intramolecular, rotational, and translational atomic fluctuation components, and applies it to a benchmark set of A-DNA, Z-DNA, and B-DNA double helix systems.

York group leads new Ontology for discussion of RNA-cleavage reactions in ACS Chem. Biol.

A new ontology for discussion of RNA-cleavage reactions is now available online at ACS Chemical Biology website. This new ontology, developed by a group of leaders in the field and lead by the York group, aims to clarify conversations on these reactions carried out by protein, RNA, and DNA enzymes by providing a standardized vocabulary. Utilization of this ontology would enable more precise interpretations of mechanisms in the context of structure and bonding.

Şölen selected to receive "Promise in COMP" award and give special talk at San Diego ACS "Women Make COMP"

Dr. Şölen Ekesan was selected as one of the eight young women scientists to receive "Promise in COMP" award at the first ever "Women Make COMP" symposium at the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting in San Diego, CA. Şölen will be giving a 15-minute talk at the symposium.

Colin Wins Poster Award at Nucleic Acids Conference

Colin Gaines was one of the award recipients during the Gala and Poster Awards Ceremony at the 6th Nucleic Acids Conference in the Bahamas. His poster utilized Augmented Reality to display some of his most recent work with ribozymes.

York Group at the Nucleic Acids Conference!

Graduate students Colin, Ken, and Emily and post-doc Solen accompanied Professor York to the 6th Nucleic Acids Conference in the Bahamas, hosted by Fusion. Solen gave a fascinating talk on her latest work with DNAzyme, while Colin, Ken, and Emily presented their latest work on their ribozymes.

George's JACS paper on Molecular Solvation Theory is now available!

George Giambasu's paper, "Predicting Site-Binding Modes of Ions and Water to Nucleic Acids Using Molecular Solvation Theory," has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and is now available on our Publications page as well as through the JACS website.

Emily Wins Rieman Award for Excellence in Teaching

Fourth year graduate student Emily L. Atieh was awarded the Rieman Award for Excellence in Teaching during the Rutgers Graduate Student Awards Ceremony. The Rieman Award recognizes exceptional performance in undergraduate teaching, which Emily has demonstrated in running both the Certificate in Chemistry Education program and a Teaching Internship in Chemistry, in addition to her contributions to the implementation of Active Learning recitations in General Chemistry.

Ken Selected to Receive BASF Corporation Catalysts Division Fellowship

Graduate student Ken Kostenbader was selected as the BASF Corporation Catalysts Division Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year in recognition of his strong academic record, honors, awards, outreach, and other meritorious credentials. Working with the York Group, Ken is engaged in the development of computational methods and molecular simulation tools to study the principles of biocatalysis, with the long-term goal of enabling computational enzyme design for industrially relevant chemical conversions.

Abir Ganguly wins Best Poster at the Rutgers Postdoctoral Symposium!

Abir highlighted his research at the 9th Annual Rutgers Postdoc Symposium, winning "Best Poster" for his presentation titled "Catalysis in Varkud Satellite Ribozyme." It focused on investigating the dynamical structure and catalytic mechanism of the Varkud satellite ribozyme, a catalytic RNA which happens to be by far the largest of the nucleolytic ribozyme. Augmented reality was used to visualize the tertiary structure of the ribozyme and its active site during various stages of the catalytic reaction.

York Group Takes Retreat in Florida Following ACS Meeting

After the intense activity of the New Orleans ACS meeting, the York group had a retreat to North Florida, near Gainesville, the homes of UFL collaborators Adrian Roitberg and Michael Harris who joined in discussions. As a result, the York lab has initiated new collaborative projects that will be ongoing and require more regular meetings. The retreat itself combined discussions, brainstorming sessions, and team-building activities (AGENDA). The outcome is that the group has developed a strategic plan with specific goals and set milestones for the upcoming year.

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