2016 News Releases
Texas Woman's presents Celebration of Science on October 14
TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart, her late husband Ray Poliakoff and their dogs Georgette and Honeybear. Photo by Ronda DuTeil.
Texas Woman’s University’s sixth annual Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science will take place Friday, October 14 on TWU’s Denton campus.
Featured speakers for the event, which celebrates “Women in Science,” are Renee Reijo Pera, Ph.D., vice president for research and economic development at Montana State University; Joan Conaway, Ph.D., Helen Nelson Distinguished Chair at the Institute for Medical Research and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine; and Karen Fleming, Ph.D., professor of biophysics at Johns Hopkins University.
The daylong event includes an interactive forum with students titled “Pathways and Challenges for Women in Science;” a luncheon with the speakers and TWU students; a symposium titled “Women in Science: Research at the Interface of Biology and Chemistry;” and a reception. Most activities will take place in the Ann Stuart Science Complex.
During the afternoon symposium, Pera will present “Human Development and Disease: The Biology and Personal Reflections on a Scientific Career.” Conaway will present “Elongin and the Elongin A Ubiquitin Ligase: At the Intersection of Transcription and DNA Repair.” Fleming’s presentation is titled “The Versatile Beta Barrel Gives Up Secrets of the Membrane.”
TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart established the Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science Series in 2011 with a $200,000 gift to the university. Through a commitment of two decades of funding, the Celebration of Science Series intends to provide the opportunity for the Departments of Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry to develop a sustained program of promoting and celebrating the wonders, truths and mysteries of science.
The Celebration of Science Series will continue annually through 2032. Although events will vary from year to year, the intent always will be to engage current TWU students and faculty, alumni, K-12 students in Denton and others in the community.
Both Ann Stuart and Mr. Ray Poliakoff, wife and husband, 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.
Stuart, a professor of English, loved the quest of learning, the pleasure of reading, and her career in education both as a teacher and as an administrator.
Mr. Poliakoff served in a reconnaissance intelligence unit in Europe during World War II and was twice wounded in combat. After the war, he graduated from law school and spent the majority of his professional career working with various national and international concerns and individuals in coal, oil, gas, and other natural resource ventures and concessions in the U.S., Alaska, Canada, Europe, Australia, the Mid-East and the Far East.
They both gave generously to create opportunities for young people to pursue their goals.