Chemistry Doctoral Student Successfully Defends Dissertation
Matthew McKay, a graduate student in chemistry and biochemistry, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation titled "Rotational Tuning of Transmembrane Helix Properties Based on the Precise Placements of Aromatic and Charged Residues."
Under the guidance of his adviser, professor Roger Koeppe, McKay used solid-state deuterium magnetic resonance and other biophysical experiments to characterize the interactions between peptides and lipids that govern the biological functions of diverse sets of membrane proteins, including cell signaling proteins, transport proteins and others. McKay has published portions of his work in the Biophysical Journal, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Biomembranes, and the Journal of Physical Chemistry.
McKay came to the University of Arkansas from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He will continue his research with a postdoctoral appointment in chemistry and biophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jessica Mathis, a graduate student in biological anthropology, will lecture on bioarcheological applications in cultural resource management at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Discovery Hall 505.
Tomika Ferguson of Virginia Commonwealth University will present two lectures on Oct. 1, one on black women student-athletes and a second on safe spaces and visibility in the classroom.
Nearly 50 students — licensed practical nurses — from across Arkansas and beyond enrolled in the inaugural class to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing through online instruction.
Lori Birrell has been appointed associate dean for Special Collections, and Joel Thornton has been appointed interim associate dean for Research and Learning.
Evan Michelson, program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will discuss philanthropic support for research from 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in room 504 of the Arkansas Union.