Steve Drake of the Beckman Institute recently won a 2012 Mid-America Emmy award for the second year running. The winning video was “Sculpting Proteins” and it won in the Informational/Instructional Feature Category. Drake was awarded his Emmy at the 36th Annual Mid-America Emmy Awards Saturday night at the Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City.
The winning video features Beckman physicist Klaus Schulten and his fellow researchers at the Beckman Institute who have created a computational microscope that can accurately follow the previously unknowable molecular motion that takes place inside living cells. The video shows how these movie-like visualizations inspired physicist-turned-artist Julian Voss-Andreae and DePauw University professors Daniel Gurnon and Jacob Stanley to create a series of steel sculptures depicting the birth of the villin headpiece protein and how it folds into its native state, trillionth of a second by trillionth of a second.