Public Lecture by Prof Michael Levitt, Stanford University
Birth & Future of Multiscale Modeling
Date: Friday 17th November, 2017
Venue: PD Hahn Lecture Theatre 3
Born in South Africa in 1947, Prof Levitt was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry (shared with Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel). Prof Levitt’s diverse interests have included RNA & DNA modelling, protein folding simulation, classification of protein folds & protein geometry, antibody modelling, x-ray refinement, antibody humanisation, side-chain geometry, torsional normal mode, molecular dynamics in solution, secondary structure prediction, aromatic hydrogen bonds, structure databases, and mass spectrometry. He has a passion in helping today’s young scientists gain the recognition and independence that his generation enjoyed.
In his talk, Prof Levitt will review how the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems began in 1967. These same multiscale models have become increasingly popular in applications that range from simulation of atomic protein motion, to protein folding and explanation of enzyme catalysis.
Congratulations to Jasper and his team, who won one of the 3 thematic awards at the Data for Climate Action (D4CA) challenge award ceremony at COP23!
D4CA is a competition under the UN Global Pulse programme. Teams were asked to "use big data and data science to catalyse action on climate change". There were 97 teams involved so to be among the winning ones is a great achievement.
The team's submission developed a tool for detecting vegetation changes in near real-time. You can read more about the approach here.
The submission was led by Jasper, Adam Wilson and Glenn Moncrieff, with contributions from a number of other SEEC people - Zaza, Etienne, and Vernon. Well done to everyone!
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