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April 25: Annual Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture

Faculty member Rebecca Moen will discuss "Oxidative Stress and Muscle" in a 7 p.m. presentation in Ostrander Auditorium.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-13-2016

Mankato, Minn. – The annual Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture at Minnesota State University, Mankato will feature a presentation by faculty member Rebecca Moen titled “Oxidative Stress and Muscle” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25 in in Ostrander Auditorium, located in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union (one block north of Stadium Road on the corner of Ellis Avenue and South Road).

Moen’s presentation is free and open to the public. In a preview of her lecture, Moen, an assistant professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Chemistry & Geology, wrote:

“My research is dedicated to understanding fundamental mechanisms of oxidative stress and muscle function through biochemical applications and novel approaches in site-directed spectroscopy.

“The age-related deterioration of muscle function is characterized by a decrease in contractile force, progressive loss of muscle mass, and slowing of muscle movement.

“The defects in muscle force generation are due not only to muscle atrophy but also to molecular modifications within the muscle contractile proteins. These changes can be caused by a chronic imbalance in reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the antioxidants that combat them, a condition termed oxidative stress.

“My research aim is to bridge the understanding of protein oxidation and muscle dysfunction with molecular-level insights to explain the process by which oxidative modifications lead to muscle malfunction.

“This advancement in the knowledge of oxidative mechanisms is important for making progress in treatment of degenerative health problems in general, not just in muscle.”

For more information about the subject of the lecture, contact Moen by phone at 507-389-1246 or by email at

The annual Moore Lecture celebrates excellence in research at Minnesota State Mankato. This will be the 42nd such lecture, and the 29th named after Moore, who established the event.

Moore was president of then-Mankato State University from 1974 to 1978. His tenure saw the transformation of Mankato State College into a university, as well as the consolidation of the lower and upper campuses and construction of a new administration building.

The Department of Chemistry & Geology is part of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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