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University of Iowa researcher wins $200,000 award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John Wiencek, associate professor of chemical and
biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa, was awarded a three-year
$200,000 grant from the Whitaker Foundation earlier this month.
The competitive grants are created to help promising new investigators
establish a research career in biomedical engineering.
Wiencek's grant, "Maintaining X-ray Diffraction Properties in Protein
Crystals After Flash Cooling," is designed to find ways to improve
the X-ray diffraction method of determining protein structure. Proteins
play a significant role in most body functions, and knowing the structure
of proteins is important for understanding how enzymes work and for designing