News in 2012
Strike a piano key, and you produce a note. Hit it four times, and you’re playing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
Mixed signals can be confusing, as the Beatles’ refrain has it. But when the signals come from antibiotic drug combinations, cells react in surprisingly simple way.
The mitotic spindle, an apparatus that segregates chromosomes during cell division, may be more complex than the standard textbook picture suggests.
Today, Alan Turing is best known as the father of modern computer science, but in 1952 he sketched out a biological model in which two chemicals — an activator and an inhibitor — could interact to form the basis for everything from the color patterns of a butterfly’s wings to the black and white stripes of a zebra.
Professors Amanda Claybaugh in English, Angela DePace in Systems Biology, Carol Oja in Music, and Arthur Spirling in Government are the recipients of the 2012 Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Awards.
Pam Silver and postdoctoral researcher Keiji Nishida