The Younger Chemists Committee presented two special screenings of “Naturally Obsessed: the Making of a Scientist”. The new documentary film reveals a rare and fascinating view of the world of laboratory science. Featuring a group of eager students, mentored by Dr. Larry Shapiro, the film follows them along a challenging and uncertain journey toward their PhD degrees. As the story unfolds, the interdependent mentor-student relationship reveals the human face of scientific research.

The film was shot over three years’ time at Columbia University Medical Center and also documents how x-ray crystallography enables the discovery of the molecular structure of the AMPK protein, considered prime for targeted drug development because of its relevance to diabetes and obesity.

The documentary film was shown in two locations:

Rutgers (Co-sponsored by the Rutgers Chemistry GSA)
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Social hour with pizza and drinks: 6:30-7:30 PM
Film screening: 7:30-8:30 PM
Place: Rutgers Piscataway / Busch Campus in Wright-Rieman Auditorium, 610 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Cost: Free (but please register)

Fairleigh Dickinson University (Co-sponsored by the FDU Chem Club)
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Film screening: 6:00 PM (come early for pizza)
Place: Rutherford Room in the Ferguson Recreation Center, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
Cost: Free (but please register)