New leader for university
When Stephen Nichols, who is chairman of the Department of
Romance Languages and Literatures, was asked last summer to
head the search committee for a new dean of university
libraries, he had a pretty good idea what the position
requires--he had once served as interim director of the
Nichols also knew of a top candidate,
someone with whom he had served on an artifact preservation
task force: Winston Tabb, who directs the national library
programs at the Library of Congress.
Copper complexes recognized as
'invention of the year'
Kenneth D. Karlin, the Ira Remsen Professor of Chemistry in
the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, recently was named
a co-recipient of one of the University of Maryland's
invention of the year awards.
Karlin received the Life Science
Invention of the Year award with collaborator Steve Rokita,
a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University
of Maryland, College Park, and three of their students. The
group won the award, one of three given annually by the
university, for creating three copper complexes--molecules
composed of copper atoms bonded to designed organic
structures--and characterizing their reactions with DNA. One
of these new compounds is currently being tested as a
potential anti-cancer agent at the National Cancer
Institute, and the compounds could also have additional,
more basic applications in biotechnological research.
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