Proteins are the primary components of life, but some have a dark side. For example, some bacteria have evolved to produce a protein that gives them resistance to antibiotics, leading to superbugs. Dennis Livesay, an expert on that protein, will present his research at the 7th Annual Chevy Goldstein Distinguished Lecture on May 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Kellogg West Conference Center.
Livesay, who once taught at Cal Poly Pomona, is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research focuses on understanding the chemical and physical characteristics of proteins. His findings will allow scientists to engineer new proteins and improve modern medicine practices.
The annual lecture series was established to continue the legacy of Elisheva “Chevy” Goldstein, who was a chemistry professor at Cal Poly Pomona until her death in 2007. She was internationally recognized for her research in computational-physical chemistry.
Professor Lisa Alex, chair of the chemistry and biochemistry department, says the purpose of the event is to expose students to high-caliber speakers who value research as Goldstein did.
“She was an exceptionally talented professor who believed research was the best way to help students learn about science,” Alex says.
Goldstein was an inspiration to many people, including Livesay.
“She was doing cutting-edge research, while also training students in the methods that she used,” Livesay says. “This teacher-researcher hybrid — and being excellent at both — is something that I have strived for my entire career.”
Livesay’s presentation, which he has titled “Does nature love chemistry and physics as much as I do? A biophysical chemist’s attempt to explain protein family evolution,” will be preceded by lunch and a student research awards symposium at noon.
Admission is free but seats are limited. To RSVP for lunch, email email@example.com by April 25.