Emeritus and Retired Faculty Breakfast 2016: Memories, Celebration and Growth
This April, members of the College of Natural Sciences community joined together in celebration of the College’s emeritus and retired faculty—and current rising star young faculty members shared their innovative research.
See photos from the event.
Long-time friends swapped stories over coffee, and the latest big construction projects on campus (such as the new Chemistry Research and Biology buildings) were discussed over breakfast.
Dean Jan Nerger welcomed this year’s newest emeritus and retired faculty: Physics’ Roger Culver, Norm Curthoys of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Geoff Givens and Jim zumBrunnen both from Statistics.
Professor Emeritus zumBrunnen will continue to inspire students through the newly established James R. zumBrunnen Statistical Collaboration Award to support students who demonstrate an aptitude for collaborating with researchers in other disciplines.
Professor Emeritus Marv Paule and his wife Linda have created, through a planned gift, the outstanding Marvin R. and Linda A. Paule Scholarship in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The breakfast was also a time of remembrance. This year we lost four members of our College community, all from the Department of Chemistry: Leslie DiVerdi, Marshall Fixman, Branka Ladanyi and George Splittgerber. They were each remarkable and will be missed.
It was also a time to look ahead. In addition to updates on the Chemistry Research and Biology buildings (both opening Fall 2017), the event also highlighted some of the cutting-edge research of early-career faculty members in the College—everything from statistical modeling of genomics to math’s role in developing new medical imaging technologies.
It was an inspiring morning and a great celebration of the College of Natural Sciences’ faculty—past and present.