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Portland Alumni and Parents Event

Date: 6:00pm PST January 24, 2012 Location: The Mission Theater

The Mission Theater

Meet local alumni and parents, and enjoy the evening with one of L&C outstanding professors - Pamplin Professor of Science Janis Lochner, who has been teaching at Lewis & Clark since 1982. 

Tuesday, January 24, 6 p.m.
The Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan
Portland, OR 97209
Buffet dinner and drinks, followed by a presentation

Professor Lochner on Tracking Proteins Implicated in Memory

Event Registration

The cost of the event is $10, which includes a buffet dinner and drinks. Kids are welcome. 

Menu - taco buffet (refried beans and rice; chicken fajita meat and seasoned ground beef; taco shells, flour tortillas, and chips; guacamole, sour cream, and fresh salsa; cheddar cheese; shredded lettuce, tomato, and onion; pickled jalapenos, limes, and fresh cilantro)

More on the Speaker

Dr. Janis E. Lochner has been teaching at Lewis & Clark since 1982, and joined the Pamplin Society of Fellows in 1996. She is a member of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments. Dr. Lochner was the recipient of the Burlington Norther Award for Teaching in 1986 and received the Lewis & Clark Teacher of the Year Award in 2003.

She teaches 300 level offerings in Structural and Metabolic Biochemistry. Dr. Lochner also regularly teaches 100 level courses that either introduce students to the basic tenets of molecular biology or explore the science of nutrition.

Dr. Lochner’s research efforts are targeted at following the intracellular trafficking and synaptic release of neuronal proteins implicated in long-term memory formation. Using the tools of molecular biology, genes for neuronal proteins are linked to a fluorescent jellyfish gene. Hybring proteins derived from these gene fusions fluoresce or “glow” thereby facilitating the tracking of the proteins in real-time. Quicktime movies that profile the dynamics of one of these neuronal fusion proteins can be found at Over the years, Dr. Lochner’s research has been supported by both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In recent years, several of the Pamplin Fellows have worked collaboratively with Dr. Lochner on research pursuits. Their work has been published in Molecular Biology of the Cell and in the Biophysics Journal.

To read more about Professor Lochner’s research on long-term memory formation, enjoy this article from the 2007 issue of the Chronicle magazine.