Kevin & Indira

Congratulations are in order for BB Professors Kevin Ahern and Indira Rajagopal.  Ahern and Rajagopal have been selected to receive the Outreach & Engagement Vice Provost Award for Excellence – Innovation Award for Open Educational Resources for their “Biochemistry Free and Easy” and other online textbooks.

The Vice Provost Awards for Excellence recognize outstanding contributions by faculty and staff that significantly advance the mission of outreach and engagement. Award winners will be recognized for their outstanding work and presented with a plaque and a team award of $1,000 at the O&E Awards for Excellence Luncheon, Wednesday, April 16, 12 – 2pm, at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  

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Oregon State University graduate students university-wide were invited to present and compete in a challenging “3-minute thesis” contest. Students near the completion of their program explained the impact and significance of their work to a non-expert audience. The presenters were only allowed three minutes, and a single static power-point slide without the use of animations, recordings, or props. Participants were judged on communication style, clarity and structure, inspiration and impact. Among the many excellent presentations, Arden Perkins, a second year Biochemistry and Biophysics PhD student in the Dr. Andy Karplus Lab, was chosen as one of the top talks and awarded a $250 cash prize for his presentation, “The Machines of Life.” In his talk, Arden focused on the importance of the study of protein structure, the technique of protein crystallography, and how he used this knowledge to propose a novel drug lead.

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Perkin’s Insight Presentation