Past Events

Fall 2012

Linnean Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Bruce Kohorn

Linnean Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Bruce Kohorn

November 27, 20127:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Bruce Kohorn will deliver the Linnean Professorship of Biology and Biochemistry Inaugural Lecture. The lecture, titled "From Mountains to Membranes," will be an exploration of the mechanisms that create plant cell form and function, with a concentration on the cell surface and its interaction with the cell wall.

The Linnean Professorship was established in 1996 to support biology at Bowdoin College with a gift from the estate of Laurence F. Shurtleff of the Bowdoin Class of 1926. Shurtleff worked for the New England Telephone Company for 43 years, while maintaining an active role in civic philanthropy and a keen interest in botany. He was a long-serving president of the Board of Trustees of the Turner Free Library in Randolph, Massachusetts, and continued his avid hobby of raising cranberries until nearly the end of his life.

Professor Bruce Kohorn is a pioneer in the field of plant cell biology, having made significant and influential discoveries concerning membrane proteins and the communication between the plant cell wall and nucleus. He has won a number of awards, grants, and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health, Pew Charitable Trusts, and Duke University for his teaching and study of membrane proteins and plant cell walls. He has published numerous scholarly articles on these subjects and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Frontiers in Plant Science.

Professor Kohorn joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2001 after 14 years on the botany and biology faculty of Duke University. He earned a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Vermont and a master of science and doctorate at Yale University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Seminar: Going with the flow: linking physiology, behavior, and the physical environment

Seminar: Going with the flow: linking physiology, behavior, and the physical environment

February 6, 20134:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

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Seminars of particular relevance to biochemists, Fall 2011

 3 pm, Friday, September 16 (Chem)
Jeffrey Katz, Department of Chemistry, Colby College. 
“Playing with Rings:Oxacalixarenes Lead to Surprising Things.”

4 pm, Thursday, September 22 (Bio)
Ann M. Stevens, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, VA
"Social networking in the bacterial world"

4pm, Thursday, September 29 (Bio)
Giovanni Bosco, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, the University of Arizona.  
Seminar title to be announced
Research focus: “how nuclear architecture, chromosome morphology and chromatin structure are modified in response to developmental cues and environmental factors.”

4 pm, Thursday, October 13 (Bio)
Charles Kimmel, Department of Biology, University of Oregon
"Shaping the Head Skeleton"

4pm Thursday October 27 (Bio)
Joel Graber, Jackson Lab, Bar Harbor ME.
“Managing the message: Alternative polyadenylation under cellular stress conditions”

3pm, Friday, October 28 (Chem)
Laurie Comstock, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Woman’s Hospital.
“Phylum-wide general protein 0-glycosylation system of the Bacteroidetes”

3pm, Friday, November 4 (Chem)
Candidate seminar*

4pm, Thursday November 10 (Bio)
Judith Berman, University of Minnesota.  
Seminar title to be announced
Research focus:  Candida albicans genetics and cell biology

4pm, Thursday November 17 (Bio)
David Doroquez, Brandeis University.   Seminar title to be announced
Research focus:  The role of intracellular trafficking in modulating ciliary structural morphology in C. elegans

3pm, Friday, November 18 (Chem)
Candidate seminar*

3pm, Friday, December 2 (Chem)
Candidate seminar*

*Chemistry is searching for two Associate Professors of Chemistry and a one-semester Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry.