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Bioorganic Chemistry

Discovery of two new genes provides hope for stemming Staph infections

Staphylococcus repressors

The discovery of two genes that encode copper- and sulfur-binding repressors in the hospital terror Staphylococcus aureus means two new potential avenues for controlling the increasingly drug-resistant bacterium, scientists say in the April 15, 2011 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. MRSA, or multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is the primary cause of nosocomial infections in the United States. Full Story >>

Could smell play a role in the origin of new bird species?

Junco preen oil extraction

Two recently diverged populations of a southern California songbird produce unique odors, suggesting smell could contribute to the reproductive isolation that accompanies the origin of new bird species. The Indiana University Bloomington study of organic compounds present in the preen oils of Dark-eyed Juncos is described in this month's Behavioral Ecology. Full Story >>

New sustainability teaching awards recipients announced

Ballantine Hall

Two new teaching awards related to sustainability and environmental literacy -- the Sustainability Course Development Fellowships and the Sustainability and Environmental Literacy Leadership Award -- have been awarded to IU Bloomington faculty by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Chemist Richard DiMarchi honored for pharmaceutical research

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists selected Indiana University Bloomington biochemist Richard DiMarchi for its 2005 Research Achievement Award in Biotechnology. DiMarchi received the award on Sunday (Nov. 6) at the start of the professional society's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Full Story >>