In an effort to continue support opportunities for scientific interactions, the Higuchi Biosciences Center (HBC) has been/is sponsoring several events that offer opportunities for scientific exchanges and dissemination throughout the 2015 calendar year.
The 2015 Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and Illinois (MIKI) meeting was held at KU and was the first event this year for which HBC was a sponsor. The meeting allows Medicinal Chemistry students, postdocs and faculty from four different universities to share their research.
The HBC, in collaboration with Dr. Paul Hanson, helped with the organization of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS) annual mentoring workshop that was held in Dallas, TX in early August. The workshop was geared toward new faculty and assisted them in early-stage career development. The 2015 Mentoring Workshop entitled "New Faculty in Organic and Biological Chemistry" was attended by thirty-six junior faculty, fourteen mentors, four NIH representatives and was a great success.
Another HBC sponsored event was the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Symposium which included a poster session, student/faculty talks, and a keynote address. The event took place in the Kansas Union on August 14, 2015
In mid-October, members of Sue Lunte’s research group will be attending the 2015 NIH Regional Seminar with the help of the HBC sponsorship. This seminar primarily targets new investigators and administrators and will be held in San Diego, CA.
The HBC is also proud to be a sponsor and help with the organization of the 14th Annual Great Plains Infectious Disease Meeting (GPID) hosted by KU’s brand new Kansas Vaccine Institute. The event will take place on November 6 -7, 2015 at the KU School of Pharmacy building and will focus on three topics: vaccines to prevent infectious diseases, emerging infectious & select agent threats, and antibiotic resistance.
The 8th Annual Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP) will be held the following week on November 13-14, 2015. The event aims at futhering interconnections and strengtening NMR research in the region. The HBC has been a sponsor of this event since the first annual meeting in 2006.
Last but not least, the 20th Annual Carnival of Chemistry will be held in November 22, 2015 in Malott Hall. The carnival is a family event showing that science can be fun.