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Time flies! The history of our Structural and Computational Biophysics Discussion Group

So with some prompting, I fleshed out the history of our SCB Discussion group. Thanks to help from lots of people, it looks like I was able to reconstruct all of the speakers, and almost all of the talk titles even! 

Thirteen years! Hard to believe it has been that long. The group was started by Jacque Fetrow, who is now the Provost at the University of Richmond, in her first semester here at Wake as a Reynolds Professor in Fall 2003, which happened to be my third semester as an assistant professor.

Then just two years later in 2005, we had an SCB Certificate program, which Jacque headed at first. I took it over in 2008 along with the formal responsibility for the discussion group, although for ~3 years after I took it over Leslie Poole and Rebecca Alexander did all the work for it. My attendance lagged inSprings from about 2007-11 when  I taught Monday afternoons in our Drug Discovery curriculum with David Hortia. As best as I recall, I took over scheduling in  Fall 2011 and thanks to Leslie Poole and Doug Lyles, we also received an SCB T32 training grant that year. How times flies!

Assuming our schedule for this year holds true, this will have been 13 years as of Spring 2016 with the last 11 years at Foothills. We tried a couple places before then, but luckily Foothills opened in downtown Winston-Salem with a nice private room on the first floor. One that we are filling up quite nicely now. They have done a great job of taking care of us over the years. 

The stats:

70 talks from 39 different research groups from 12 different departments/programs. Although groups from Biochemistry, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science have produced most of the talks, the few faculty involved from Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Medicine and Mathematics have definitely pulled their weight.

Just over half the talks (37) have been given by a nice core group of 12 research groups (though one PI has retired and one has left Wake) that have presented three times or in one case four times over the years.

Hopefully, we will have many more productive years!