February 25, 2005 Meeting 
J. J. Emerson
Department of Ecology & Evolution
University of Chicago
  J. J. Emerson
Topic:   Gene Traffic in Vertebrate Genomes:  Examples from Chicken and Mammals
Rosewood Restaurant and Banquets
9421 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL

The February Meeting is a joint meeting with the Younger Chemists Committee. The topic of this meeting, genomes, is a relatively new area for chemists. This area is almost certain to have far-ranging impact on many areas of medicine...and chemistry. It also highlights the role of chemistry and the emerging nature of multidisciplinary research.

Abstract:   Genomes, the full collection of sequences coding the genetic information for an organism, are very dynamic.  Many genes change quite drastically over time and these changes determine how organisms differ in the way they do.  The development of features unique to an organism are contingent upon genetic changes between those organisms. Here we investigate the influence of new gene origination on the development of sex chromosomes over time.  While in mammals the X chromosome has been shaped strongly by gene duplication, the chicken genome shows a different pattern that seems shaped more by constraints on the ability to form and maintain novel genes.

Biography:   J.J. Emerson is an advanced Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology & Evolution at the University of Chicago.  He received his BA from Rice University in 2000 with majors in both Biochemistry and in Ecology & Evolution.  He is currently finishing his thesis on the influence of gene duplications on the evolution of genomes, and will graduate in Fall 2005.  J.J. is currently funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.

A meeting of the Chicago Section JOB CLUB will be held at the Rosewood Restaurant at 5 PM.   The JOB CLUB provides a continuing opportunity for unemployed members of the Section to meet one another, share their experiences and develop a network that may help in identifying employment opportunities.  Bring plenty of resumes and business cards to distribute to your colleagues.

The Job Club is also for employers seeking chemists.   Employers need to be prepared to describe the positions to be filled and requirements for these positions.

Should you wish to attend the Section meeting following the JOB CLUB, the fee for unemployed members is only $?? and you can continue your networking activities over dinner.  You can make your reservation on line, and indicate if you are unemployed to qualify for the discount.


From the UIC Chemistry Department:

From North Central College:

Date:  Friday, February 25, 2005
Where:   Rosewood Restaurant

Undergraduate Research Symposium:  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Job Club: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Social Hour: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM -- cash bar
Dinner: 7:00 PM

Cost:  $30.00 for members of ACS/ $32.00 for non-members/ $15.00 for students

Reservations:   (847) 647-8405
                    by noon, Tuesday, February 22
Please honor your reservations. We must pay for all dinners ordered. No-shows will be billed.
Map and Directions -- See map page.


    Broiled Salmon,
    Chicken Francaise,
    or Vegetarian Pasta Primavera
Anna Potatoes
Fresh Vegetable Medley
Apple Cinnamon ice cream

Updated 2/2/05