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TWU to host fourth annual Celebration of Science on Oct. 9, 2015


Photo credit: Ronda DuTeil. Retired TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart, her late husband Ray Poliakoff and their dogs Georgette and Honeybear.

DENTON— Texas Woman’s University will host its fourth annual Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science on Friday, Oct. 9 on TWU’s Denton campus.

Featured speakers for the event, which celebrates “Women in Science,” are Cynthia McMurray, Ph.D., senior staff scientist, Life Sciences Division, at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs in Berkeley, California; and Kara L. Bren, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

The daylong event includes “Pathways and Challenges for Women in Science,” an interactive forum with 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, McMurray will present “Death by DNA Repair.” Bren will present “Engineered Metalloproteins and Metallopeptides for Solar Fuels.”

Retired 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 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.

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.

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Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

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