Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering North Carolina State University
"Thermodynamic and Kinetic Origins of Alzheimer's and Related Diseases: A Chemical Engineer's Perspective"
The pathological hallmark of more than twenty neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and the prion diseases, is the presence within the brain of plaques containing ordered protein aggregates called fibrils. It is not yet known why these structures form in some individuals and not in others, or whether the plaques are toxic or Nature's way of sequestering toxic species. Dr. Hall will describe current thinking on the scientific underpinnings for this phenomenon, and her computational efforts to contribute to our knowledge of how and why proteins assemble into fibrils.
"Confessions of an Ordinary Teacher - Dealing with the Big Fish"
Professor Hall described the evolution of her attitude towards undergraduate teaching and its parallels with her attitude towards life: high points, low points, lessons learned, and the big fish.