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Monday, October 5, 2020

Mon, Oct 5, 2020

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Genes That Were Missed: Hundreds of Small RNA and Small Protein Regulators"

Gisela Storz, Ph.D.
National Institute of Health
NIH Distinguished Investigator
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

For many years, a major focus of research by my group has been the identification and characterization of small, regulatory RNAs, also denoted “noncoding” RNAs. These regulatory RNAs have been found to be integral to most regulatory networks in E. coli. Similar to eukaryotic miRNAs, many of these bacterial RNAs act by base pairing with mRNA targets. While it was initially assumed these small RNAs are encoded as independent genes between protein-coding genes, recent studies have shown that some small RNAs are derived from the 5’ end, internal region and 3’ end of mRNAs. Thus, the distinction between coding and noncoding is becoming increasingly blurred. This blurring is further reflected in the finding that several small RNAs shown to act as regulators also encode small proteins. Small proteins of less than 50 amino acids comprise another overlooked class of molecules. We have detected synthesis of many of these unannotated small proteins and have documented functions as regulators that modulate the activities and levels of larger proteins.

Persons from the college community that wish to attend should please register by sending an email request to the biology academic department coordinator, Karen Racz.

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Rafael Campo '87: A Reading and Conversation

Join Rafael Campo '87 as he reads from Comfort Measures Only: New and Selected Poems, 1994–2016, generated from his decades-long career as a poet-physician. “Campo’s careful and precise depictions of our mortality not only in harrowing moments of medical crisis but also in the ecstatic moments of human connection serve as testimony to our human condition” (Noah Stetzer, A&U Magazine). A Q&A will follow.

Campo teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is the author of seven volumes of poetry, as well as the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize and two Lambda Literary Awards, among numerous other honors. Mark Doty describes Campo’s work as inhabiting “the landscape of birth and of dying, sorrow and sex, shame and brave human persistence—first and last things, center stage in these large-hearted, open, deeply felt poems.”

Registration Required

QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

Students Only

AAS Senate Meetings

AAS Senate holds their general assembly meeting every Monday @ 8:30 PM EDT, which is open to the public! As we work on making these meetings accessible to the public in a remote setting, if you would like to submit a Public Comment (any concerns or suggestions) to bring forward/read to the Senate, please submit it here: https://forms.gle/XUa6u7uuvFFbczUf6