2016 NAS Annual Meeting - April 22, 2016 at Nebraska Wesleyan University
Maiben Lecturer -
2016 Maiben Lecturer
Dr. Juliane Strauss-Soukup, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, and Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at Creighton University will be the 2016 Maiben lecturer. She started at Creighton in 2000 as the Clare Boothe Luce Faculty Chair for Women in Science. Her lecture is entitled “Riboswitches Turn Students On To Research”.
The Soukup laboratory has a general interest in the structure and function of non-coding RNAs, sequences in the genome that until recently were considered “junk”. Dr. Soukup is working on a specific group of non-coding RNAs called riboswitches, found in virtually all bacteria. Riboswitches are RNA structural elements that bind cellular metabolites and control expression of essential metabolic genes, providing a unique and distinct set of targets for development of new antibiotics for dangerous bacterial infections. When small molecules (cellular metabolites) bind to riboswitch RNAs, they induce a structural change that “switches” a gene’s activity up or down. By investigating exactly how bacterial riboswitches act, Soukup can design non-natural metabolites that bind and upset their normal function.
Dr. Soukup earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Creighton University in 1993. Subsequently, she went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1997 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, completing the Cancer Research Training Program at the Eppley Institute for Cancer Research. From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Soukup completed a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University.
2016 Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences State Science Competition
April 21, 2016
Strategic Air and Space Museum - Ashland, NE
Go to the NJAS page to find out more about the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences. Information about regional science fairs is located there as well as a registration form for the regional winners who will be competing at the state level.