October 2006 Meeting
Basolo Award Presentation
Basolo Medal

Joint Meeting of the Northwestern University Department of Chemistry and the Chicago ACS Section

Basolo Medal


Prof. Ivano Bertini

Dept. of Chem
Univ of Florence
Florence, Italy
Professor Bertini
Topic:   Metal Ions in the Proteome
Date:  Friday, October 20, 2005

Background information about the Basolo Award

NOTE: The Basolo Medal Lecture will be held at 4:30 P.M. - 5:45 P.M. at Northwestern University.
--- The Medalist Lecture is open to the public and admission is free to all those wishing to attend. ---


Northwestern University
Technological Institute
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL
Lecture Room 3


One of the problems today in proteomics is that of recognizing metalloproteins in the gene banks.  Our contribution to the field through bioinformatic tools will be shortly reviewed.  The case of the SCO protein family will be analyzed.  Then a determination of the tridimensional structure is important.  For this, we have pursued a development of new NMR technology based on protonless heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy and solid state NMR.

So, we could approach problems like copper mediated protein-protein interactions or study the selectivity of metal ions by living organisms in homeostasis and detoxification.  Examples will be provided.


Ivano Bertini (http://www.cerm.unifi.it/bertini.html) graduated in Chemistry at the University of Florence in 1964 and became full professor of Chemistry in 1975 at the same University. He is Director of the Magnetic Resonance Center (CERM http://www.cerm.unifi.it/) of the University of Florence. His main research interests are the advancements in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, the expression and preparation of metalloproteins, their structural characterization and the investigation of their interactions with emphasis on understanding cellular processes at the molecular level. He has over 600 papers and many books. He has received the Chugaev Diploma of Kurnakov Institute of the Academy of Science, URSS, in 1981; the Golden Medal of the Magnetic Resonance Group of the Italian Chemical Society, in 1991; Prize Accademia dei Lincei, Italy, in 1993; Bijvoet Medal, Utrecht, NL, in 1998; Sapio NMR Prize, Italy, in 1999; and the Cannizzaro Medal of the Italian Chemical Society in 2006. Amongst the special lectures: A.D. Little Lecturer at MIT, Cambridge, MS, USA in 1997; E.L. Mütterties Lecturer at Berkeley, CA, USA in 1997; and FECS Lecturer, Athens in 2002. He has received three honorary doctorates. He is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and of the Academia Europaea.


Location of the dinner
   and general meeting:     
Zhivago's Restaurant & Banquets
9925 Gross Point Road,
Skokie Illinois

Cost:     $34.00 each for Section members and one guest.   Students and out of work half price.   $36 for others.
Basolo Lecture:    4:30 PM - 5:45 PM at Northwestern University
Job Club:  5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at Zhvago's Restaurant

Reception:    6:15 PM - 7:15 PM at Zhivago's Restaurant.  Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres
Dinner:    7:15 PM at Zhivago's Restaurant
Genral Meeting :   8:30 PM

Reservations:   (847) 647-8405, or by e-mail: chicagoacs@ameritech.net
                  by noon, Tuesday, October 17

Please honor your reservations. We must pay for all dinners ordered. No-shows will be billed.

From the city: Take Lake Shore Drive North to Sheridan Road into Evanston. Continue on Sheridan Road to the Tech Institute. From the west: take I-88 east to 294 north to Dempster east. Proceed east on Dempster into Evanston. Turn left onto Chicago Ave. and proceed to Sheridan Road. Take Sheridan Road north to the Tech Institute. The Technological Institute is at the intersection of Sheridan Road and Noyes Street in Evanston.

To those attending the Basolo Medal lecture, parking after 4:00 P.M. is available in the lot across from the Technological Institute at the corner of Noyes Street and Sheridan Road. Parking is also available on the side streets just west of this lot--however, observe the posted signs. Car-pooling is always encouraged.

Lecture room 3 is on the first floor of the Technological Institute and is most easily reached by entering through the main doors facing Sheridan Road. The lecture room is clearly marked and there will be signs at the entrance to guide you to the room.

DIRECTIONS TO Zhivago's Restaurant:
From the Tech Institute: Go North on Sheridan Rd. and turn left on Central St. Turn left on Gross Point Rd. and proceed to the restaurant.

From Edens Expressway heading North:  Take to the restaurant.From Edens Expressway heading South:  Exit to the restaurant.

PARKING is free in the lot.


6:15 PM - 7:15 PM Reception:   Complementary wine, soft drinks, and hors d'oeuvres

7:15 PM Dinner:

APPETIZER COURSE -  Fresh tomato and mozzarella salad, breads, fire cracker meat rolls with Asian sauce, calamari and fresh vegetables served family style

SOUP COURSE:  Cream of Mushroom

DINNER COURSE:  Choice of entrée

DESSERT COURSE - Assorted pastries and fresh fruit served family style.

Updated 10/6/06