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Mobashery team documents how bacteria recycle their cell walls

Author: Gene Stowe

Shahriar Mobashery

A team led by Prof. Shahriar Mobashery, the Navari Family Chair in Life Sciences, has documented how bacteria recycle their cell wall in the process of doubling, a critical step in understanding bacteria physiology. The team, using synthetic cell wall pieces and synthetic products of fragmentation, characterized an unusual chemical reaction that is a key to the process. A paper about the research, “Lytic Transglycosylase MltB of Escherichia coli and Its Role in Recycling of Peptidoglycan Strands of Bacterial Cell Wall,” will be published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society within the upcoming weeks.

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High school teachers and students present at QuarkNet symposium

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Notre Dame QuarkNet Center

In early June, 15 high school physics teachers and a 14 high school students arrived at the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center for the summer physics Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program and the Research Experience for High School students (REHS). Both groups came do physics research over an eight week period. The students who have finished their junior year in high school were chosen by their physics teachers to participate in the program. The teachers were chosen through an application and review process. They represented schools in the South Bend area as well as Florida, New York and New Jersey.

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Seven new faculty join the college

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Main Building in the Spring

Seven new faculty have joined the College of Science in the areas of chemistry and biochemistry, mathematics, physics, and biological sciences.

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