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Jennifer also wins award at the VSE undergraduate event

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Congratulations to Jennifer. She was a big winner last night, winning also the Outstanding Project Award at the VSE undergraduate research competition.

CRA-W DREU student joining summer 2014

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Wint Hnin from Cornell college will join our lab this summer. Wint will work on our peptide modeling project.

4 undergraduates presenting posters at COS and VSE events

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Jennifer, Ruxi, Nima, and Herath will present posters on their research at the COS Undergraduate Research Colloquium as well as the VSE Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 28. Jennifer will also present at the ACS Undergradute Student Poster session on April 11 at UVA.

Herath wins OSCAR award

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Congratulations to Herath Pilapitiya. He won a Mason OSCAR summer intensive award to work on an interdisciplinary project between the Shehu and Kabbani labs.

Amarda organizing workshop at ACM BCB 2014

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"Computational Structural Biology Workshop" (CSBW), September 20, 2014, Newport Beach, CA (with Jing He, Nurit Haspel, and Brian Chen).

Amarda organizing workshop at RSS 2014

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"Workshop on Robotics Methods for Biological Structures and Kinematics Modeling" at Robotics: Sience and Systems, July 12, 2014, Berkeley, CA (with Juan Cortes, Jianlin Cheng, and Lydia Tapia).

Kevin nominated for best paper at BICoB

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Kevin's paper at BICoB 2014 was the second out of the three nominated for the best paper award.

Kevin passes Proposal Defense

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Congratulations to Kevin for passing his proposal defense. He is now just a few months from defending his dissertation.

Uday defends Ph.D.

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Congratulations to Uday. He defended his Ph.D thesis on December 11, 2013. Here is a nice photo to remember the event.
          

Daniel passes Proposal Defense

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Congratulations to Daniel! He is that much closer to defending his Ph.D.

Kevin passes Comprehensive Exam

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Congratulations to Kevin. He passed his comprehensive exam and did an excellent job at it.

Amarda gives tenure talk

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Amarda gave her tenure talk on October 17. Irina and Kevin sneakily grab a photo at the beginning:
          

BCB 2013

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ACM BCB 2013 was held in Washington, D.C. on September 22-25 (Sunday-Wednesday). Amarda was local co-chair, and the entire lab (including undergraduate students) was involved with manning the registration desk and other logistics. Amarda also organized a workshop and a tutorial on Sunday, and presented Brian's talk at the main conference on Monday. Rudy and Irina presented their papers at a workshop on Sunday, and Daniel presented his paper at the main conference on Tuesday. Rudy and Irina also had posters.

Recruiting Undergraduates

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Research Opportunity for Mason Undergraduate Students for Fall 2013 – Summer 2014 through the Jeffress Interdisciplinary Science Research Award:

Two to three undergraduate students are sought for a research project on “Novel Algorithmic Tools for Peptide Modeling.” Undergraduate research will be compensated at $2,000-$2,500/semester (20 hours/week).

Brian defends Ph.D.

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Brian successfully defended his Ph.D thesis today, on July 24, 2013.
Here are a few photos to remember the happy event:

          
          

Amarda receives funding from Jeffress

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Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research has just funded our "Probabilistic Search Algorithms: Powerful Novel Tools for Peptide Modeling" proposal with Amarda as PI and Estela Blaisten-Barojas as co-PI.

Amarda receives funding from VYTP

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Virginia Youth Tobacco Program (VYTP) has just funded our "Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Menthol Cigarette Addiction" proposal with Nadine Kabbani as PI and Amarda as co-PI.

Sameh receives CRA Finalist Male Award

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Congratulations to Sameh. He has been selected a finalist of the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award (Male) 2013. Announcement of the awards will be posted on CRA's website (www.cra.org). In addition, the June 2013 issue of Computing Research News will include an article on the awards.
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