November 17, 2013. Steven Benner and Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") will be presenting
comments at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM about Monday's launch of the MAVEN
mission to Mars. The event will take place at the Kennedy Space Center
on Sunday, November 17, and is open to the public.
October 21, 2013. Steven Benner, Distinguished Fellow at the FfAME, is a panelist on the
Forum of the National Academy of Sciences covering synthetic biology.
Its first US meeting is open to the public at the Academy's Keck Center,
500 Fifth St. NW, Washington DC, October 21.
September 6, 2013. On Science Friday today, Steven Benner at the FfAME and Christopher
McKay discuss with Ira Flatow the possibility that early Mars was a more
hospitable place for life to originate than early Earth. Live at 2:20
Eastern Daylight Time. Check National Public Radio for local listings.
August 29, 2013. Researchers from the FfAME give a talk today in Italy discussing
evidence relating to the hypothesis that life in the Solar System
originated first on Mars, and later came to Earth. In Florence, the talk
at the Goldschmidt conference is attracting together many Earth and
planetary scientists, as it discusses the interaction between minerals
and organic molecules leading up to the first genetic molecules.
April 27, 2013. Research at the FfAME covering artificial genetic systems was described
this week by Adam Rutherford in The Guardian of London. They note the "startling progress towards reinventing the language of life", and that for DNA, the "original four-letter alphabet is now up to at least six, with the addition of Z and P by scientists including Steve Benner at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution in Florida."
April 22, 2013. Westheimer Lectureship: In collaboration with Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology (TWIST) in Gainesville, G. Michael Blackburn will be giving three Westheimer Lectures on April 22, April 25, and April 26, entitled:
The Contributions of Frank Westheimer to Biological Organic Chemistry.
Strain Catalysis - Westheimer and Beyond
Resolving Enzyme Mechanisms of Phosphate Transfer
Michael Blackburn is Professor emeritus of Sheffield University, and an expert in enzyme catalysis, phosphorus chemistry, and bioorganic chemistry, all field pioneered by Frank H. Westheimer during his productive lifetime.
February 15, 2013. Steven Benner will be describing the evolutionary history of the interaction between primates and alcohol at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for the Advancement of Science. The presentation is in the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Friday afternoon, February 15.