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Chancellor Ann Stuart gives TWU $200,000 to establish science celebration series


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Shown are TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart, her late husband, Ray Poliakoff, and their dogs Georgette and Honeybear.


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University Chancellor Ann Stuart is donating $200,000 to the university to establish The Ann Stuart & Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science Series, a 20-year program that “will explore the wonders, truths and mysteries of science.”

The gift will be announced during the dedication of the Ann Stuart Science Complex on Friday, April 1. Hosted by the TWU Board of Regents, 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.

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.

The Ann Stuart & Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science Series, which will begin in 2012 and continue annually through 2032, will be organized by the TWU departments of biology and chemistry and physics. The event may vary from year to year, but the intent always will be to engage current TWU students and faculty, alumni, K-12 students in Denton and others in the community.

“We need more students to choose to study science, which is a discipline central to the competitive future of our state and nation,” Dr. Stuart said. “This gift will help TWU continue to attract and retain exceptional science students and faculty, and also raise the profile of science both within TWU and outside the university.”

The 80,000-square-foot, $26.4 million Ann Stuart Science Complex was designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards in keeping with TWU’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint. The 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.

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

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