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The trophies were unveiled with great excitement and then the Spree Convenor, Rohan Noronha, declared the fest open
Prof. Sasikumar Punnekkat has joined BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus in the capacity of Director and Sr. Professor (Computer Science & Information Systems) on 25th February, 2015.He took charge from Prof. K. E. Raman who had over 37 years of experience at BITS Pilani in various capacities. The formal handing over of the charge took place between the two Directors in the virtual presence of Prof.B N Jain, the Vice Chancellor who joined the occasion through telepresence facility from Pilani campus.
Prof. Sasikumar Punnekkat holds a D.Phil. in Computer Science (1997) from University of York, UK. He comes to us with over 30 years rich experience in academics, research & administration. His research & development experience of 15 years at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is of noteworthy mention. He was serving as a Professor of Dependable Software Engineering at School of Innovation, Design & Engineering, Sweden prior to joining us.
Prof. Sasikumar Punnekkat has numerous awards and honours to his credit. An excellent academician & researcher, Prof. Sasikumar Punnekkat has authored books, book chapters and 100+ research articles, undertaken significant R&D projects, received the prestigious commonwealth scholarship award and occupied scientific / administrative lead roles in various large European and Swedish research and educational projects.
Prof. K E Raman introduced the new Director to the senior officials of the campus and also briefed him on the ongoing activities after which Prof.Sasikumar interacted with the officials.
A lecture and interactive session by Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, Institute of Supramolecular Science and Engineering, University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg was held at BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus on 21st February 2015. Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, together with Charles J. Pedersen and Donald J. Cram, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1987 for their development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity. This chemical basis of “molecular recognition” also plays a fundamental role in biological processes.
At BITS Goa Prof. Lehn interacted with the Director, Prof. K. E. Raman, Deputy Director, Prof. Ashwin Srinivasan, Dean SRCD, Prof. Sunil Bhand, Dean Administration, Prof. D. M. Kulkarni and Faculty of the Department of Chemistry. Prof. R.N Behera, HOD, Chemistry gave an overview of the Research projects of the Department.
Prof. Lehn in his lecture spoke about the evolution of the universe leading to more and more complex matter through self-organization, up to living and thinking matter. Animate as well as inanimate matter, living organisms as well as materials, are formed of molecules and of the organized entities resulting from the interaction of molecules with each other. He says that it is Chemistry that provides the bridge between the molecules of inanimate matter and the highly complex molecular architectures and systems which make up living organisms. Molecular chemistry has developed a very powerful set of methods for constructing ever more complex molecules. Supramolecular chemistry seeks to control the formation of molecular assemblies by means of the interactions between the partners.
The talk was followed by an interactive session with the audience where he answered queries by faculty and students alike.
1st International conference on Trends in Cell and Molecular Biology (TCMB 2015) will be held at BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus, from 19-21st December 2015. Emphasis of the conference is on, but not limited to, the understanding of cellular toxicity, cellular response to nanomaterials, molecular approach to cancer and computational and systems biology.
The purpose of this conference is to provide a common platform for all researchers, students, working on different aspects of ‘cell and molecular biology’ to discuss their research findings. The conference will consist of plenary sessions, invited lectures, oral and poster presentations.
BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus alumnus and present MIT graduate student - Ashok Ajoy, along with others at MIT, the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and Harvard University developed a new technique that shows great promise for producing highly detailed images of individual proteins, no matter how complicated their structure, without the need for crystallization.
The findings are described in the journal Physical Review X. The technique makes use of microscopic defects within the crystal structure of diamond to place a biological molecule on top of it and try to determine its structure. With proteins, the structure and function are closely related, so being able to map out that structure precisely could help in understanding both how some basic biological processes work, and how new drugs might be developed to interact with specific molecular targets.
The work so far is theoretical; the next step, which the team has already begun, is to produce actual images based on this technique. “We started building this setup a year ago, and we have preliminary experiments,” Ajoy says. Actual images of molecules are probably still a few years away, he says.
The work was supported by the U.S. Army Research Office and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Nominations call for Distinguished Alumnus Awards – 2015
Alumni Affairs Division of BITS Pilani solicits nominations for the “Distinguished Alumnus Awards – 2015” to recognize and honor those alumni who have brought laurels to their alma mater by making significant and outstanding contributions to their profession, their businesses, and/or to the society.
Any living BITS alumnus who has completed a degree programme from any of the campuses of BITS and has made significant and outstanding contribution to one or more of the following fields (or categories) would be considered for the award:
· >> Professional management of businesses
· >> Entrepreneurship
· >> Academic teaching and/or research
· >> Public life or social entrepreneurship and
Any member of the General Body of BITS, the Board of Governors of BITS, BITS’ Senate, BITS’ administration or faculty, or of BITS Alumni Association may nominate an alumnus.
The details of the award, eligibility criteria and nomination form can be requested from the Alumni Affairs Office via mail (email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org).
The deadline for submission of nomination is 30th of APRIL, 2015.
Completed nomination forms may be submitted via post or e-mail to:
Alumni Affairs Division, BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus, NH17B, Zuarinagar,
GOA – 403726. INDIA E-mail: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Distinguished Alumnus Award will be presented in the form of a plaque, a certificate and a citation.
For any queries, please get in touch with - email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
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