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TWU presents Celebration of Science on March 22


 photo of TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart, her late husband Ray Poliakoff and their dogs Georgette and Honeybear

 Photo Credit: Ronda DuTeil

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

DENTON — Three prominent scientists are the keynote speakers for Texas Woman’s University’s Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science event, scheduled Friday, March 22 on TWU’s Denton campus.


Kim R. Dunbar, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Chemistry/Davidson Professor of Science at Texas A&M University; Susan M. Rosenberg, Ph.D., the Ben F. Love Chair in Cancer Research at Baylor College of Medicine and professor in departments of molecular and human genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology, molecular virology and microbiology; and Lita Proctor, Ph.D., program director of the Human Microbiome Project at the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, are the guest speakers at the event, which celebrates “Women in Science.”

The daylong event includes an interactive forum with students titled “Careers in Science — Advice for Students,” 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, Dr. Dunbar will present “Anion-pi Supramolecular Interactions: An Overlooked and Exciting Tool for Chemists and Biologists.” Dr. Rosenberg will present “Mutation, Network and the Regulation of Evolvability.” Dr. Proctor’s presentation is titled “The Human Microbiome.”

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 Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

Media Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

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