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Spring 2015 Newsletter

Greetings from your UT Campus!

Letter from the Chair

The Department of Molecular Biosciences continues to be on the cutting edge of scientific research while dedicating itself to quality and innovative education for both undergraduates and graduates. As such, I am proud to serve as Interim Chair. As one of our graduates, you are our most important ambassadors. We are pleased to send you the latest addition of the department’s newsletter.

A few highlights from this semester include:

•    The Center for Infectious Disease hosted Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for the inaugural John LaMontagne Lecture on February 9th, 2015 on campus. Watch his talk online at Time Warner Cable News.

•    MBS has ongoing searches for two Assistant Professors, one Full Professor, and a permanent Department Chair.  We are excited about the candidates and the chance to grow our already-fantastic faculty.  Look for introductions to these new MBS members as soon as possible!

•    We also have two retiring faculty this spring, Dr. Jon Robertus and Dr. Jerry Brand.  Dr. Robertus, Professor in Biochemistry, and Dr. Brand, Professor in Molecular Cell and Development Biology, have each been researching, teaching, and serving the larger UT community for over 40 years. They will be honored at a retirement party on May 12th, 2015.  Have a memory to share about them?  Please click here to contribute to our memory book for them.

•    And finally, commencement is around the corner!  The College of Natural Sciences will hold a graduation ceremony honoring Biology majors affiliated with MBS on May 23rd.  I will be proud to shake hands with 264 MBS graduates.
 
Our department is strong because of you. As a stakeholder in our success, you help distinguish UT Molecular Biosciences from its peers, but we need your help financially. Please consider making a gift to MBS to help strengthen and support our legacy of excellence. Giving from alumni, parents and friends allows us to be strategic and supportive of our faculty and students in their education and research endeavors.

Thank you for being an important part of this fantastic department!

Jon Huibregtse
Interim Chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences

 

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