Ice-Binding Protein Conference: News
August 3 - 6, 2011 Queen's University, Kingston Ontario CANADA
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August 5 2011
Welcome Everyone to the First International Ice-Binding Protein Conference
At The Donald Gordon Centre
At Fort Henry
July 29, 2011
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The 1st International IBP Conference is pleased to present Dr. Art DeVries with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his groundbreaking work in the antifreeze protein field.
Art DeVries was born and raised in a small town in Montana. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Montana, graduating with Honors with a B.S. in Zoology in 1960. He received his PhD in Biology from Stanford in 1968 with Dr. Donald Wohlschlag as his advisor, doing much of his research at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station and at McMurdo Sound in Antarctica. It was during this time that he discovered antifreeze glycoproteins in Antarctic notothenioid fishes. This was the subject of his thesis work, and antifreeze proteins have been the primary focus of his research ever since, a period spanning nearly half a century. After completing his PhD, Art spent three years (1968-1971) at the University of California, Davis, first as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and later as an Assistant Research Biochemist, working with Bob Feeney. During this period Art continued to work on the structure of the AFGPs. He then set-up his own laboratory and continued studies on the AFGPs and AFPs as an Associate Research Scientist (1971-1976) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. In 1976 Art moved to the Department of Biophysics and Physiology at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted and tenured, becoming a Full Professor in 1985, and has remained at U.I. since that time.
Art is obviously best known for his studies of fish AFPs and AFGPs, and that is why he is being honored with the initial Ice-binding Protein Conference Lifetime Achievement Award. He has published 164 research papers, reviews and book chapters. His publication record is notable not only because of the number of publications, but also because of their quality with multiple publications in Science (7), Nature (6) and PNAS (4). Of these 164, 116 deal with AFPs and AFGPs. The range of topics covered in the AF(G)P publications indicates the breadth of Art’s interests, capabilities, and ability to move the field of AF(G)P study in new directions. They include virtually every imaginable aspect of AF(G)P research: physiological functions, protein and carbohydrate structure and biochemistry, structure/function relationships, biophysics of AF(G)P interactions with ice and water, evolution, applications, etc., always placing the work in the context of the organism and its adaptations to the environment. One of the many things that always impressed me about Art is his ability to identify techniques that could be used to better understand AF(G)Ps, and to recruit experts on these techniques to collaborate and apply their expertise to AF(G)Ps. However, what is even more impressive is that within a short period of time Art generally became as knowledgeable as the experts on this particular technique or field of study. In 1984 Art was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, for “distinguished research on biological antifreeze compounds in cold-water fishes”. Perhaps the best gauge of Art’s contributions is that his AF(G)P research is cited in numerous biology textbooks ranging from General Biology and Ecology to Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry.
Although Art is best known for his work on AF(G)Ps, it would be incorrect to judge his productivity and breadth of interests only by his contributions in this field. He has 48 publications in other areas. His first paper, a 1964 publication in Science, was on “Diving Depths in the Weddell Seal”. He also has publications on anchor ice formation in McMurdo Sound Antarctica, the nature and fauna of the sea floor under the Ross Ice Shelf, and bioluminescence in McMurdo Sound. He has made numerous contributions to the knowledge of the biology of Antarctic fishes including: behavior (spawning, egg brooding, and parental care), development, population biology, general ecology, conservation, and many aspects of their physiology (buoyancy control in fish lacking swim bladders, kidney function, vision (cold stability of eye lens crystallins), metabolism of red and white muscle, respiration (gill structure, hemoglobin function), digestion, ionic and osmotic regulation, and reproduction. Suffice it to say that there isn’t anyone who knows more about the biology of Antarctic fishes than Art, including the critical science of how to catch them.
It’s quite likely that Art knows more about the Antarctic, especially the biology of the Antarctic Ocean, than anyone, having been there approximately 50 times. Art first went to the Antarctic in 1961 as a technician working with Donald Wohlschlag, and he’s gone there every year except for three since that time. In fact some years he’s gone more than once, and has also “wintered over” at McMurdo Sound. In 1979 he was elected to the Explorer’s Club, and in 2005 Art was awarded the Italian National Antarctic Programme and the Accademia Nazionale dei Linceie Premio Internazionale 'Felice Ippolito' international prize, “awarded to an Italian or foreign scientist who significantly contributed to the development of Antarctic research”.
It is most fitting that Art DeVries is the first recipient of this award, as he has contributed more than any other individual to the understanding of AF(G)Ps. He discovered AF(G)Ps during his PhD thesis work in the 1960’s and has dedicated nearly 50 years of his life to their study, during which time he has seen the field blossom and spread into laboratories around the world.
Submitted by Jack Duman
Proud to be the first graduate student of Art DeVries
See CV for Dr. Arthur DeVries.
July 26, 2011
To help cut carbon emissions we will serve as a clearing house for people needing rides from and to Toronto and other hubs. See Ride Board posted on the Travel Directions page.
July 26, 2011
Ten Unilever International Trainee Travel Fellowships Awarded
The IBP Conference is pleased to announce the award of ten Unilever International Trainee Travel Fellowships. These have been given to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows traveling to the meeting from outside North America who have registered and are presenting a poster. The awards and a check for CAN$400 (courtesy of Unilever) will be presented at the conference by Dr. Peter Schuetz.
The recipients are:
Maya Bar Dolev (Israel)
Ran Drori (Israel)
YunHo Gwak (S. Korea)
Yuichi Hanada (Japan)
Woongsic Jung (S. Korea)
Tatsuo Kiyota (Japan)
Yutaka Maeda (Japan)
Xinfang Mao (China)
Konrad Meister (Germany)
Ortal Mizrahy (Israel)