The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder that includes samidorphan, a new chemical entity discovered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. ...read more
Using a nanopore, researchers have demonstrated the potential to reduce the time required for sequencing a glycosaminoglycan — a class of long chain-linked sugar molecules as important to our biology as DNA — from years to minutes. ...read more
Envisioning an animal-free drug supply, scientists have — for the first time — reprogrammed a common bacterium to make a designer polysaccharide molecule used in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.  ...read more
Armed with evidence that a specific site on heparan sulfate — known as the 3-O-sulfate group — is critical to the transfer of harmful tau proteins in the brain, a research program funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Aging is scrutinizing the interactions between heparan sulfate and tau, determining how misfolded tau spreads in the brain, and developing strategies to block it. ...read more
In a test of antiviral effectiveness against the virus that causes COVID-19, an extract from edible seaweeds substantially outperformed remdesivir, the current standard antiviral used to combat the disease. ...read more

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The 6th annual Future Leaders Series meeting is coming up! This event is an opportunity for Ph.D. students expected to graduate in 2021 to present their work at our next local section meeting being held on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 (6:00 – 9:00PM). Faculty are encouraged to nominate their Ph.D. students for consideration by Sunday, Jan, 10th, 2021. Selected speakers will be notified by Wed, January 13th, 2021.  We are looking for 3-4 speakers to present.
See Professor Shelley's interview in the Spectroscopist Inside section starting on page 42:  https://rpi.app.box.com/s/fcx7ubkqj7ainzfxuts8goniu522pnm8  
RPI Chemistry's student-athlete Mikaela DiBello has been named to the 2018-19 Goodle Cloud Academic All-America Division III At-Large Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).   https://rpiathletics.com/news/2019/6/20/field-hockey-dibello-and-maxfiel...  
Jessica Hellinger is recipient of a 2019 Society for Applied Spectroscopy Undergraduate Student Award.  This award recognizes her project to siimultaneously obtain elemental and small molecule information with a novel plasma source, the Solution Cathode Glow Discharge (SCGD), via optical emission spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.  This award will be presented at the SciX Conference in Palm Springs, CA, in October 2019.  

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