Upcoming News & Events
Fernandez group makes the cover of Chemical Reviews
Congrats to Facundo Fernandez and colleagues on their article and the cover of the April edition of Chemical Reviews!!
Past News & Events
Group Intelligence: a mass mp3 experience
The CCE's hit science flashmob/theater hybrid is coming to Spelman's campus! All freshmen will be participating in the fun on April 18, 2013!
Fernandez group Research in Action on LiveScience
Cutting edge research by Rachel Bennett, a graduate student in the Fernandez lab at Georgia Tech, demonstrated the ability to acquire a 'chemical fingerprint' using desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) mass spectrometry. Her work published in Analytical Chemistry in 2013 demonstrated how DESI could be used to map a rock surface to learn how different mineral compositions within the rock may have reacted to form unique product profiles. Using this technique, the center is better able to examine the role that surfaces may have had on prebiotic chemistries.
Emergence on Georgia Public Broadcasting
The first story in our audio series, Small Matters, has been shared on Georgia Public Broadcasting's Education Website.
CCE Science & Step Competition announced!
Get your Step Team together and create a 5-10 minute step routine focused on one or more of a number of key scientific concepts related to our Center's research. Submit your videos to win cash prizes.
Self-Assembling Molecules Offer New Clues on Life's Possible Origin
A pair of RNA-like molecules can spontaneously assemble into gene-length chains, chemists in the United States and Spain report. Billions of years ago, related molecules may have created a rudimentary form of genetic information that eventually led to the evolution of RNA and life itself.
CCE Summer Undergrad Research application due Friday, Feb 15!
The CCE Summer Undergrad Research Program is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates from across the country to participate in hands-on, cutting edge research about origins of life chemistry. Application Deadline February 15, 2013
2013 CCE Visiting artists selected
Animator Jon Perry, printmaker Greg Bada, and multimedia artist Amy Landesburg have been selected for their proposals to help us spread our science through art.
C&E News highlights Fernadez group mass spec work
Investigating the role of mineral surface in prebiotic reactions just got easier thanks to work from the Fernandez lab and others in the CCE! Congrats Rachel and colleagues on your C&E News write up and the Analytical Chemistry manuscript!!!
Hands-on Science Day at Factory Shoals Middle School
To promote women in science, the CCE is sponsoring the Emory Assoc. of Women in Science chapter to do our demos at a STEM day for middle school girls.
Chemists Fine Tune Ideas on How Life Evolved
Recent issue of Accounts of Chemical Research edited by CCE chemists Lynn, Mehta & Goodwin highlighted by NSF Science 360 and Emory eScience Commons.
Call for 2013 Visiting Artists now open!
The CCE is providing seed funding to artists to help us explain our research to the public.
Hud group G-quadraplex article and JACS cover
Hud group article, "Human Telomere Sequence DNA in Water-Free and High-Viscosity Solvents: G-Quadruplex Folding Governed by Kramers Rate Theory" is published and hit the cover of JACS
Brian Cafferty presents at AbGradCon
Every year AbGradCon offers a very diverse and supportive environment for grad students and early post-docs to come together and share the latest research in the field of astrobiology. This year’s conference was held on the campus of Cal Tech in sunny Pasadena where one hundred or so young investigators came from all over the world to give firsthand accounts of their research through talks and poster presentations on subjects as broad as the lakes of Europa to the emergence of the ribosome. Brian presented a short talk that covered some previous work that we published on earlier this year and introduced new research currently under investigation in the CCE. The conference was capped off by a behind the scenes tour of JPL where the atmosphere was highly energetic and celebratory as some of the first data on the Martian terrain was being beamed in from the newly operational Mars Science Laboratory.
From Form to Function
2012 CCE Artist in Residence, Nacho Rodriguez Bach, opens his new exhibit, From Form to Function (De la Forma a la Funcion) exploring chemical evolution through animation at the Natural History Museum in Mexico City (Museo de Historia Natural)..
David Lynn & Martha Grover speak at International Festival of Arts & Ideas
As a lead in to the Group Intelligence performances at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, David Lynn & Martha Grover will discuss CCE research in their talk, "Scientific Insights into Cooperation and Evolution" on Thursday, June 21.
Martha Grover talks at ACS meeting
Martha Grover presented the talk "Model for the emergence of the first functional polymers during sequence independent replication" at the ACS meeting - view it online now,
Georgia Tech Neuro-Humanities Conference and Neuro Salon, April 11-13, 2012, Georgia Tech
Martha Grover, Steve Everett, and Terri Dilling partake in panel discussions for the Georgia Tech Neuro Humanities Entanglement Conference and Neuro Salon
Astrobiology Science Conference 2012
AbSciCon was held with great success in Atlanta with over a dozen talks, many posters and a few chaired sessions by members of the CCE.
2011 CCE Visiting Artist and Emory Music Professor, Steve Everett, will premiere a multimedia performance for a string quartet with narration by CCE Members Martha Grover & David Lynn.
Connecting the Dots
2012 CCE Artist in Residence, Terri Dilling, opens her new exhibit exploring chemical evolution through visual art at the Spruill Gallery.
Martha Grover presents at ACS
See Martha's presetation at the Chemical Evolution on Earth session.
AAAS Annual Meeting
The Center for Chemical Evolution has been invited back to represent NSF in Vancouver at Family Days at the AAAS Annual Meeting. Be sure to stop by our booth, learn a little and have some fun!
The Creation of the World
As part of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, Center member David Lynn will participate in a conversation with Emory music professor, Dwight Andrews.
Science Trivia Night at Manuel's Tavern
In celebration of the International Year of Chemistry and Evolution Science Cafes at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
Science at Hand Day at Fernbank Museum of Natural History
This is a unique chance to learn what it’s like to be a scientist and explore different scientific fields. Guests will enjoy one-on-one opportunities to talk with scientists and community volunteers, learn more about sciences through hands-on activities and more.
Atlanta Science Tavern - Peptides: A New Vocabulary in the Language of Life
The central dogma of biology, around now for more than 50 years, states that information in DNA is transcribed into RNA which is, in turn, used in the synthesis of proteins. But might there be other molecular languages that could be used to transfer biological information?
Buzz On Biotechnology
One program that has grown into one of IBB's largest outreach events is the Buzz on Biotechnology High School Open House.
CCE Visiting Artist, Terri Dilling, opened "Assembly" Exhibition at the Portal Gallery in Atlanta
In addition to celebrating photography this October, the Atlanta art community is celebrating — or at least examining — evolution.
CCE Sponsored Science Cafes at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Science Cafe returns during Cocktails in the Garden and Fest-of-Ale for a series focused on evolution and the myriad ways that living things come about and change over time.
At the Intersection of Music & Science
With Maestro of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra moderating, Martha Grover & Emory music professor Steve Everett held a public discussion on their collaboration to create a composition for a string quartet based on data from the Center for Chemical Evolution.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Jeff Bada, Jim Cleaves and co-workers revisit the classic Miller-Urey experiment in their latest publication.
Emory's Day of Science
International Year of Chemistry event for DeKalb County high school students
Synthetic Biology - Quo Vadis Evolutionis? The Return of Ancient Genes
Betül is interested in molecular time traveling. She works as part of the Gaucher Group at Georgia Tech, where she is replaying the tape of life by experimentally evolving ancient Ef-Tu, so-called elongation factors, which play a pivotal role in assisting transfer-RNA with the assembly of proteins in the ribosomes of cells.
Family Science Days 2011
AAAS Annual Meeting - David Lynn and Lelavision represent the NSF and the Center for Chemical Evolution at Family Days
The Scientist is In: Dr. Betul Kacar Arslan
Dr. Betul Kacar Arslan from Georgia Institute of Technology will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.
Center for Chemical Evolution Announcement and Ribbon Cutting
Researchers engaged in studying the origins of life celebrated a new $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration yesterday at a gala presided over by Provost Gary Schuster.
Origin of Life: Adding UV Light Helps Form 'Missing G' of RNA Building Blocks
For scientists attempting to understand how the building blocks of RNA originated on Earth, guanine -- the G in the four-letter code of life -- has proven to be a particular challenge.
Relaxation of the Requirements for Prebiotic Purine Nucleobase Formation
A European Journal ChemBioChem, Cover: Guanine, Adenine, and Hypoxanthine Production in UV-Irradiated Formamide Solutions.
David Lynn: Scientists creating life from scratch
For the first time, scientists have been able to create a synthetic cell.
A Conversation With Jeffrey L. Bada: A Marine Chemist Studies How Life Began
We spoke for an hour during the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in San Diego last winter and again this month by telephone. An edited version of the two conversations follows: