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Archive for May, 2009

May 27, 2009

Notes from Wednesday Class

Filed under: Student posts @ 6:47 pm

Professional Judging Guidelines: 1. Scientific Insight 2. Artistic Merit “Between Ourselves” Judging Categories: 1. Most creative materials 2. Most effort and/or most complex 3. Most desperate-looking molecule

May 18, 2009

Instead of meeting in class on Wednesday …

Filed under: Student posts @ 1:21 pm

… see you at the UHC Thesis Fair! A celebration of undergraduate research at OSU. When: Wednesday, May 20, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Where: Gallery and Rotunda of the Valley Library Protein Portraits will return to its regular schedule next week!

May 14, 2009


Filed under: Student posts @ 3:16 pm

I’m making a last minute change to my protein, by moving from the blue variant to the green fluorescent protein.  It’s not much of a change because I can’t tell the two apart with the naked eye.  Anyway, the protein is rendered at 1.9 angstrom resolution, has 264 amino acids, and has an 11 stranded […]

May 13, 2009

Ferritin Info.

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:29 am

So basically, ferritin is composed of mostly alpha helices (4 lonand 1 short) with beta strands connecting them. Like we talked about the other day, some of the beta strands wrap around (because the helices go in the same direction twice) and are therefore longer than other beta strands. From what I can tell, ferritin […]

Protein Data for p53

Filed under: Student posts @ 7:59 am

The p53 protein (cellular tumor antigen) is an alpha-beta protein. It is composed of 4 alpha helices and 4 beta pleated sheets. I plan on using the following materials for the construction of my protein: faux flowers (plastic flowers), pipe cleaners, rocks, and these foam sheets that I am going to cut into beta pleated […]

May 12, 2009


Filed under: Student posts @ 9:25 pm

Zif268, also known as Egr1(Early Growth Response Protein 1) is a transcription factor. It can be found in the nucleus of the cell where it regulates transcription of genes required for cell differentiation and mitogenesis. Zif268 is composed of 543 amino acids with a molecular weight of 57.5 kDa. Its structure consists of three zinc […]

1st Design Review

Filed under: Student posts @ 6:44 pm

Interferon – Gamma Properties: IFN – gamma is a 4 subunit glycoprotein that functions in the immune system as a cytokine, or signaling molecule. It weighs about 64 kDa and is in the “all alpha” domain. One of its functions is that it is secreted by Helper T cells in order to activate macrophages, which […]

Table information and medium

Filed under: Student posts @ 12:18 pm

So the “class” for my protein is mainly alpha (this is all according to the PDB). The architecture type is considered up-down bundles.  Additionally, I believe at one time I mentioned that I had gone to a craft store and found these fake twigs in the floral section that are bendable. I made some alpha […]

May 6, 2009

Art supplies in Corvallis…

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:11 am

Here are the three places we’ve talked about in class.  Please post a comment if you know of any others… Creative Crafts & Frame Shop 934 NW Kings Boulevard Corvallis, Oregon 97330 541.753.7316   Michael’s 1550 NW 9th St, Ste 106 Corvallis OR 97330-451 (541) 738-0109   Trump’s Hobbies Timberhill Shopping Center 2401 NW Kings […]

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