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TWU to dedicate Ann Stuart Science Complex Feb. 4


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University will usher in a new era of science education with the dedication of the Ann Stuart Science Complex on Friday, Feb. 4 and the announcement that Chancellor Stuart is donating $200,000 to establish an annual science event.

The dedication ceremony on the Denton campus will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the first floor atrium of the building, located on the east side of Pioneer Circle off Oakland Avenue. Refreshments and tours of the building will be included.

“Having more students in science is an issue about which I am passionate. I cannot imagine a discipline to which I would be more honored to have my name attached,” Dr. Stuart said.

The TWU Board of Regents voted unanimously at its February 2010 meeting to name the building in honor of Dr. Stuart.

The 80,000-square-foot, $26.4 million facility includes the latest instructional technology and state-of-the-art equipment for teaching and research in biology, molecular biology, physics and “green” chemistry. The building’s fully automated greenhouse — not common in a university setting — will support cutting-edge research into the role of plants in the prevention of cancer.

Chancellor Stuart is donating $200,000 to establish The Ann Stuart & Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science Series, a 20-year program celebrating the wonders, truths and mysteries of science. The annual event, which will begin in 2012 and continue through 2032, will be organized by the TWU departments of biology and chemistry and physics.

Both Dr. Stuart and her late husband, Ray Poliakoff, were first-generation graduates of public higher education, and both often said it was their education that enabled them to pursue the opportunities that enriched their lives.

“It is my goal through the Celebration of Science Series to encourage the pursuit of scientific learning, whether for enjoyment or as a course of study,” Dr. Stuart said.

As part of the building dedication, the TWU College of Arts and Sciences will host Science Academic Days. The event, which highlights women in science, will be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 3 and 4, on the Denton campus. “Women in Science: Breaking the Glass Beaker — A Panel Discussion” will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in room 301 of the Administration Conference Tower (ACT). Friday’s event, “Women in Science: A Research Symposium,” will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in room 203 of the Classroom Faculty Office (CFO) Building.

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Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

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