Robert J. Cotter Fund established at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Students and colleagues of Bob Cotter, who passed away more than 8 years ago, are establishing a travel fund in his memory to be administered by Johns Hopkins University. Bob was an active member of WBMSDG for more than three decades and many can share memories of him and his contributions to our field. One of the monthly group meetings was hosted by him at the School of Medicine in downtown Baltimore, preceded by a dinner at Bertha’s (of “Eat Bertha’s Mussels” fame) at Fells Point.

From JHU:
We invite you to become founding donors to the Robert J. Cotter Fund in the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The department has deemed the Cotter Fund a top priority for philanthropy. It will support conference travel for students, postdocs, and junior faculty students, in the Dept. of Pharmacology. Bob greatly enjoyed engaging with colleagues and former mentees at meetings and sharing ideas. We believe that establishing this travel fund is a meaningful tribute and expression of our esteem and thanks to Bob for his decades of dedication to the career and scientific development of students, postdocs, and junior faculty. Bob was a faculty member at Hopkins for over three decades. None of us has to try very hard to remember Bob’s warmth, tremendous sense of humor and the great personal kindnesses he extended to all of us. He was also a masterful teacher, training dozens of students in mass spectrometry in his lab and in the classroom. Bob’s innovations in mass spectrometry have touched virtually every area of biomedicine.

As for direction on how to give, please use our IBBS giving website, https://secure.jhu.edu/form/ibbs, you would select “Other” and write in “Cotter Fund”. Alternatively, if you wish to send a check, we ask that you mail it to the following address:

Attn: Gift Processing
Johns Hopkins Medicine
750 East Pratt Street, 17th floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
*Memo Line: The Cotter Fund

If you would like information on how to make a gift or establish a bequest to the Fund or other planned gift such as an annuity trust, please contact Katie Sullivan, Associate Director of Development, Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She can be reached at ksulli52@jhmi.edu.

June 2018 Meeting

Topic: Post-ASMS Poster Night and ASMS Travel Award Presentations

Date: Monday, June 18th, 2018

Time: 6:15 pm Dinner, 7:15 pm: Presentations

Location: Shimadzu Scientific Instrument, Inc. Training Center 7100 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 (Directions)

Dinner: Please RSVP to Stefani Thomas (sthoma92@jhmi.edu) by Friday, June 15th if you will attend dinner and/or if you will participate in the poster session.

ASMS Travel Award Recipients:

  • Erika Portero, University of Maryland, College Park
  • : “Anionic and Cationic Profiling of Metabolites in Frog (Xenopus) Embryonic Cells using CE-ESI-MS”

  • Sam Choi, University of Maryland College Park
  • : “Detection of Limited Protein Digests from Neuron Cultures by Reversed-Phase Fractionation with Capillary Electrophoresis nanoESI MS”

  • Conor Jenkins, Hood College
  • : “A Novel Bioinformatic Pipeline for Data Analysis Reduction in Reporter Ion Quantification Experiments”

June 2017 Meeting

Topic: Post-ASMS Poster Night and ASMS Travel Award Presentations

Date: Monday, June 19th, 2017

Time: 6:15 pm Dinner, 7:15 pm: Presentation

Location: Shimadzu Scientific Instrument, Inc. Training Center 7100 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 (Directions)

Dinner: Please RSVP to Katherine Fiedler (Katherine.L.Fiedler@fda.hhs.gov) before June 19th if you will be attending the dinner or are a presenting a poster.

ASMS Travel Award Recipients:

  • Linwen Zhang, The George Washington University
  • : “Metabolite, Lipid, and Peptide Analysis of Single Neurons of Known Function in Lymnaea stagnalis by Capillary Microsampling Mass Spectrometry”

  • Sitara Chauhan, University of Maryland College Park
  • : “The highly ubiquitinated protein cargo of exosomes shed by myeloid-derived suppressor cells”

  • Jessica Espino, University of Maryland Baltimore
  • : “Using MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging to Assess the Oxidative Damage to Lipids Induced by In Vivo Hydroxyl Radical Based Protein Footprinting”

2009 Young Investigator Travel Award Recipients

The Washington-Baltimore MSDG is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Young Investigator Travel Awards.  4 recipients were judged to be deserving of an award.

Joshua Wilhide, University of Maryland- Baltimore County (Advisor:  Prof. Dan Fabris):  Investigating higher-order structure of nucleic acids by IRMPD in FTICR mass spectrometry.  Award: $600

Omoruyi Osula, Johns Hopkins University (Advisor:  Prof. Bob Cotter):  Analytical Methods for Improving Identification of SUMO-Modified Peptides.  Award: $300

Katherine Stamper, Johns Hopkins University (Advisor:  Prof. Bob Cotter):  Combining ChIP Antibodies and Mass Spectrometry to  Study Post-Translational Modifications on Histones.  Award: $200.

Colin Wynne, University of Maryland (Advisor: Catherine Fenselau):  High confidence identification of bioagent biomarkers using top-down analyses on an Orbitrap.  Award: $100.