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The magazine from the Spanish Biophysical Society (SBE – Magazine) has chosen the research article entitled “Exploring protein phosphorylation by combining computational approaches and biochemical methods” (Main author: Gonzalo Pérez-Mejías) as one of the highlighted papers of July 2020. Such article addresses the iterative combination of computational and biochemical approaches in the research of how phosphorylation affects the structure and function of proteins. In such a research workflow, Molecular Dynamics simulations emerge as a key decision-making tool for designing the most appropriate strategy to be used in the lab.

Miguel Ángel De la Rosa, Professor at the University of Seville and Vice President of the Royal Seville Academy of Sciences, has recently published an article in the local newspaper "Diario de Sevilla" about how the coronavirus crisis has influenced Spanish education system at all levels. This article also addresses the obstacles of adapting the class content to an online teaching methodology and how teachers can restructure the content for the maximum learning of the students and their participation with the content.

Miguel Ángel De la Rosa, professor at the University of Seville, has published an article on the FEBS website. Such article addresses the pros and cons of online teaching, currently thriving due to the global coronavirus crisis. In addition, the article deals with the difficulties within the teacher-students interaction as well as the knowledge transmission through online teaching.

“La Ciencia en un Cuento”: Scientific Dissemination Project carried out by Dr. Alejandra Guerra (Institute for Chemical Research, cicCartuja, University of Seville-CSIC, Project in collaboration with the teacher Ms. Almudena Guerra (CEIP Buenavista, Huércal de Almería-Spain ). This projects is focused on children in kindergarten and early school grades to get a closer look into science in a enjoyable way. The tales are used as a didactic tool to explain diverse scientific concepts that the student can experience at home. Due to the audience which is aimed, the scientific concepts have been simplified to allow understanding by kids. The stories are published on the YouTube channel: “La Ciencia en un Cuento”.

“Diario de Jerez” journal raises awareness about the recent “Extraordinary Doctorate Award” gifted by the University of Seville to PhD. Mrs. Alejandra Guerra-Castellano. Such prize was granted for her PhD Thesis “Phosphorylation of Cytocrome c: Functional and Structural Features”, presented within 2016-2017 academic course. In this manner, PhD. Mrs. Alejandra Guerra-Castellano builds up a new acknowledgement in her scientific and outreaching career.

Professor Irene Díaz-Moreno has been interviewed in the series "WISe words for the next generation of researchers — Women In Science profiles: Irene Díaz-Moreno", edited by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), with the aim of increasing the visibility of women's work in science and helping others by sharing experiences, thoughts and tips as careers progress.

Press news about the study carried out by the research group Biointeractomics about the molecular basis of the response of brain cells to the lack of oxygen.

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The paper "TIA-1 RRM23 binding and recognition of target oligonucleotides", published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research, has been highlighted as Article of the Month at the University of Seville and selected as Article of the month of February at the Center of Scientific Research Isla de la Cartuja (cicCartuja).

The article entitled "Structural Basis of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Response to Cytochrome and Phosphorylation at Position 48" published by Moreno-Beltrá, B, Guerra-Castellano, A. et al. In the scientific journal Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (2017) 114: E3041-E3050 has been selected as "Article of the Month" by cicCartuja and published in May 2017 in the electronic portal of the journal of said Society.

‘Cocina Molecular': The ‘Cocina Molecular’  project was born as a satellite activity of the 16th Congress of the Society of Biophysics of Spain and aims to demonstrate how science is present in our daily lives. In this case, we will use the kitchen as a way of learning the main bases of physicochemistry. Its first edition took place at the 15th Science Fair in Seville (11, 12 and 13 May 2017, Seville) and its second edition during the 16th Congress of the Biophysics Society of Spain (June 8, 2017, Seville).

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Impact on the media of the activity: 14 media (El Giraldillo, Portal Comunicación US, Europa Press, Ayuntamiento de Sevilla, Canal Ciencia US, Diario de Sevilla, El Economista, La Vanguardia, Vicerrectorado Investigación, cicCartuja, 20 minutos, Andalucía Información, ICMS, La Información) and various social networks have echoed the activity. 

The article entitled "Structural Basis of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Response to Cytochrome and Phosphorylation at Position 48" published by Moreno-Beltrá, B, Guerra-Castellano, A. et al. In the scientific journal Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (2017) 114: E3041-E3050 has been selected as "Article of the Month" by the Biophysics Society of Spain (SBE) and published in April 2017 on the Institution.

On December 28th, 2016, an interview with Alejandra Guerra Castellano was published in the web Historias de Luz. Alejandra studies the modifications of Cytochrome c, a protein involved in programmed cell death. These alterations are implicated in diseases such as cancer and ischemia. The Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry awarded Alejandra a prize in 2016 for her curricular excellence.

Interview with Robert Huber, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, broadcast on the enRed program of Canal Sur Television on the occasion of his participation in the FEBS-IUBMB Worshop on Biointeractomics. In the course of the interview, Robert Huber describes the role of biointeractomics in the life sciences, as well as the multidisciplinarity and importance of the same in the face of future scientific developments.

Interview on Canal Sur Television program EnRed to Alfonso Valencia, researcher at the "Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas" (CNIO) and leader of the Structural Computational Biology Group. In the Interview, Alfonso Valencia stresses the importance of bioinformatics in the biological sciences for analyzing the vast amount of data generated and the use of them to find solutions to diseases such as cancer.

On December 11, 2015, an informative video about our recent work published in the official magazine of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States was published on Canal Sur web.

In September of 2015, an informative video about our work with Cytochrome c, related to the production of energy in the cell, and its regulatory capacity for uncontrolled cell multiplication, something closely related to cancer, was published in the web "Historias de Luz". The finding opens the door to future new drugs.

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Andalusian scientists discover how to block a protein involved in the development of cancer

Miguel Angel de la Rosa, the cic Cartuja director, talks about science and the ``Factor Universitario``. He addresses issues such as the importance of research, the financial cuts it is facing and both its social and academic implications.