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Environmental Bioinorganic Chemistry
From Molecular Models to Global Cycles
June 15-20, 2008
Waterville Valley Resort
Waterville Valley, NH

This highly interdisciplinary conference is known for rigorous and wide-ranging consideration of the roles of elements traditionally called “inorganic” in living systems at scales from the molecular to the global. EBIC brings together those studying the biotic-inorganic interface across the Periodic Table, mingling chemists, ecologists, geneticists, oceanographers, and computational biologists, among others. Topics range from transport, enzymology, and homeostasis in individual cells and organisms to the environmental processes they experience and influence, as well as the latest techniques enabling observation of these phenomena. This conference is distinct from other metallobiology meetings in having a substantial environmental theme and a broader view of the Periodic Table, regularly including radionuclides, metalloids, the halides, silicon, and non-metal essential nutrients. When possible we mix speakers working at the nanometer-nanosecond scale in the same session with those working at the kilometer-megayear scale, a practice demanding high quality introductory material from each speaker and discussion leader. EBIC provides a forum for leading scientists (many of whom will never have met before) with expertise in the inorganic dimensions of life to identify fundamental cross-cutting themes and unrecognized anomalies and share the latest on acquiring, analyzing, and applying bioinorganic chemical concepts to real world issues from public health to climate change.


SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 11:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff and Conference Chair
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm BIOINORGANIC CYCLES FROM CELLULAR TO GLOBAL
7:45 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion Leader: Tom Spiro (U. of Washington)
8:00 pm - 8:30 pmSabeeha Merchant (UCLA)
"Between a rock and a hard place: trace element nutrition in Chlamydomonas"
8:30 pm - 8:45 pm Discussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pmFrancois Morel (Princeton)
"The cadmium carbonic anhydrase of diatoms: from the oceans to the molecule, and now back to the oceans"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm IRON AND SULFUR
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Margo Haygood (Oregon Health & Science University)
9:20 am - 9:47 amAlison Butler (UCal-SantaBarbara)
"Structure and Reactivity of Marine Siderophores"
9:47 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break / Group Photo
10:30 am - 10:57 amGinger Armbrust (U. of Washington)
"Iron nutrition in diatoms, surprising interactions on molecular and global scales"
10:57 am - 11:10 am Discussion
11:10 am - 11:37 amAndy Johnston (East Anglia)
"Cloning the smell of the seaside - A bewildering range of ways in which different bacteria make the weather-changing gas dimethyl sulphide"
11:37 am - 11:50 am Discussion
11:50 am - 12:17 pmJose Moura (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
"Dissimilatory sulfate reduction: A bioinorganic view"
12:17 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm IMPORTANT TRACE ELEMENTS
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader: Brad Tebo (Oregon Grad. Inst.)
7:45 pm - 8:08 pmAnne Valentine (Yale)
"Titanium in organisms: Abundant, bioactive, and surprisingly bioavailable"
8:08 pm - 8:20 pm Discussion
8:20 pm - 8:43 pmPeter Kroneck (U. Konstanz)
"It takes tungsten, plus some Fe-S, to breathe acetylene:structure and function of bacterial acetylene hydratase"
8:43 pm - 8:55 pm Discussion
8:55 pm - 9:18 pmSteve Ragsdale (U. Michigan)
"Metabolism of greenhouse gases by nickel metalloenzymes"
9:18 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm LATEST ANALYTICAL TECHNOLOGIES
9:00 am - 9:20 pmDiscussion Leader: Steve Lippard (MIT)
9:20 am - 9:47 amBridget Bergquist (U. Michigan)
"Metal isotopes: New tracers in the environment"
9:47 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 10:57 amKen Kemner (Argonne Nat. Lab)
"Hard X-ray micro(spectro)scopy for bioinorganic chemistry"
10:57 am - 11:10 am Discussion
11:10 am - 11:37 amJoe Caruso (U. Cincinnati)
"Environmental trace element analysis - more than just metals"
11:37 am - 11:50 am Discussion
11:50 am - 12:17 pmBill Burgos (Penn State U.)
"Reaction-based modeling of metal-microbe interactions"
12:17 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm BIOENERGY AND NANOTECHNOLOGY
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader: Tom DiChristina (Georgia Tech)
7:45 pm - 8:08 pmTed Betley (Harvard)
"A ligand field chemistry of oxygen generation by the oxygen-evolving complex and synthetic active sites"
8:08 pm - 8:20 pm Discussion
8:20 pm - 8:43 pmElena Shevchenko (Argonne Nat. Lab)
"Hybrid structures at nanoscale"
8:43 pm - 8:55 pm Discussion
8:55 pm - 9:18 pmDerek Lovley (U. Mass-Amherst)
"Microbe-electrode interactions: Mechanisms of electron transfer and applications for power production and bioremediation"
9:18 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND EVOLUTION
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Ariel Anbar (Arizona State)
9:20 am - 9:47 amLucia Banci (U Florence)
"The Metallome through the three domains of Life"
9:47 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 10:57 amMak Saito (WHOI)
"Was there co-evolution of cyanobacteria and trace metal ocean biogeochemistry during a cyanobacterial era? What we know, what we need to know, and what is knowable"
10:57 am - 11:10 am Discussion
11:10 am - 11:37 amFelisa Wolfe-Simon (Harvard)
"The geobiochemical evolution of the photosynthetic metalloproteome: physiological proxies, biochemical inertia, and the stalled diversification of algae"
11:37 am - 11:50 am Discussion
11:50 am - 12:17 pmChris Dupont (U Cal-San Diego)
"Diversity and evolution of the metal-binding proteome"
12:17 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm TOXICOLOGY AND BIOREMEDIATION
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader: Jenny Jay (UCLA)
7:45 pm - 8:08 pmEllen Silbergeld (Johns Hopkins)
"The unbearable heaviness of metals: Exposures, outcomes,and mechanisms of the toxic metals"
8:08 pm - 8:20 pm Discussion
8:20 pm - 8:43 pmRich Meagher (U Georgia)
"Multigene strategies for the phytoremediation of mercury and arsenic"
8:43 pm - 9:55 pm Discussion
8:55 pm - 9:18 pmJohn Coates (U Cal - Berkeley)
"Between a rock and a hard place - nitrate-dependent Fe(II) oxidation"
9:18 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm MINERAL NUTRITION AND HOMEOSTASIS
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Al Crumbliss (Duke)
9:20 am - 9:47 amFrithjof Kuepper (Scottish Association for Marine Science)
"Iodide in kelp: an inorganic antioxidant in life impacting atmospheric chemistry"
9:47 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 10:57 amLeif Pallesen (U Illinois-Chicago)
"P-loop NTPases in cytosolic FeS cluster biogenesis"
10:57 am - 11:10 am Discussion
11:10 am - 11:37 amNigel Robinson (Affiliation)
"Allocating the correct metals to proteins in the periplasm"
11:37 am - 11:50 am Discussion
11:50 am - 12:17 pmAnne Kraepiel (Princeton)
"The multiple roles of siderophores: from iron bearers to metal custodians"
12:17 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm BIOINORGANIC ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY AND FUTURE FUELS
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion Leader: Francois Morel (Princeton)
8:20 pm - 9:15 pmRoger Prince (Exxon-Mobile)
"Will we drive on biofuels?"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

The project described was supported by Grant Number R13ES016679 from the National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences or the National Institutes of Health.

 
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