It has been an exciting summer of research. Times change. Research group members depart and new ones arrive. What a thrill it is to play a role in the advancement of the careers of such an excellent collection of researchers! Here is our end-of-summer group photo, and by next week the membership of the group will–all-too-soon–change again.
Bloggers around the world are commenting on two key updates today (Sept 25, 2015): The Global Goals, described at http://www.globalgoals.org/ and elsewhere were officially adopted today by the United Nations. Regarding the Global Goals:
- World Leaders have committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people.
It is remarkable and laudable that countries can agree to work together for these commendable aims.
Secondly, today is World Pharmacists Day http://www.fip.org/worldpharmacistsday
May all pharmacists (and pharmacy educators) do their part to make the world a better place for all! Our hard-fought victories in the research lab and in the classroom are actually contributing or preparing us to contribute substantively to the Global Goals.
Welcome to two new undergraduate research students, who will arrive at University of Mississippi on Monday, July 20, 2015: Ennia Ferreira, rising senior student in Chemical Engineering at Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO) in Guadalajara, Mexico (http://www.iteso.mx/), and Estefanía Aburto, senior student in Pharmacobiological Chemistry at Universidad La Salle in Mexico City, Mexico (http://www.lasalle.mx/). They are both members of a group about 10+ students coming to University of Mississippi as summer research scholars a part of the Comexus (www.comexus.org.mx) Summer Research Internship program, which itself is part of the 100K Strong Americas (www.100kstrongamericas.org) program designed to help 100K students from the Americas have a research and educational experience in USA. It is essential to give as many students as possible a chance to experience research and see if that can help entice them to a career in Science/Technology, so this is a great program.
Some of the charming retro architecture of San Francisco!
Life is complex. Sometimes to appreciate it, you have to pause, look outside your office window and notice the wild aspects of it around you! After 11 years with this view, in fact the view is not the same and currently there are some particularly charming tenants on that there branch!
The essence of camaraderie in the science research group…the group meal, in this case at Ajax on the Square in Oxford! Yes, this is our research group as of June 2015, though Veena Gadepalli and Caleb Ezell were not able to be there. The Urban Dictionary (I do not recommend it) has an interesting definition of “camaraderie” but I prefer a more heartfelt one, that we are comrades in our efforts to fight human disease and increase scientific knowledge!
Welcome to my research group to Ngoc Nguyen, a rising senior student at University of Mississippi who is part of the NIH COBRE CORE-NPN Summer Undergraduate Research Program for 2015.
I have recently been added as a faculty member for University of Mississippi’s Neuroscience Minor. It has been my privilege to do research in the area of neuroscience (it is about drugs potentially applicable to a wide variety of neurological diseases), to supervise students who are in the Neuroscience Minor (such as Honors student Caleb Ezell) and to teach courses that are part of the Neuroscience Minor (such as MEDC 416: Intro to the Principles of Med Chem I).
Here is the official description of the program:
Here is a University of Mississippi news release about the first University of Mississippi Neuroscience Research Showcase:
A great time at University of Mississippi Medical Center on Friday, May 30, 2015 to explore possible neuroscience research collaborations! Here is Dr. Kuldeep Roy’s poster, “Utilizing multiple GPCR templates for modeling of cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors in their active states,” KK Roy; P Pandey; RJ Doerksen. Funding acknowledgement: University of Mississippi’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) Center of Research Excellence in Natural Products Neuroscience (CORE-NPN) Phase II. “CORE-NPN: Rational Design of Novel Natural Product-Derived Cannabinoid Ligands.” P20GM104932.
Welcome to Valerie Huang and Cameron Lee, who are joining my research group as participants in the 2015 portion of our NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program! Valerie is a student at University of Southern California and Cameron is a student at Samford University.