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The Ann Stuart and Ray R Poliakoff Celebration of Science

The 2015 Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff
Celebration of Science

March 6, 2015

 Guests:     Cynthia McMurray, Ph.D. 
      Senior Staff Scientist, Life Sciences Division
      Lawrence Berkeley National Labs
      Berkeley, California

    Kara L. Bren, Ph.D.

      Professor of Chemistry
      University Rochester
      Rochester, New York
      Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
      Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
      Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor
      Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development
      The Rockefeller University

    New York, New York

 8:30-9:30 a.m.

    Poster Session with science students and faculty mentors    

      Guests introduced to Dean, Ann Q. Staton
      ASSC Atrium
 9:40-10:00 a.m.     Guests meet with Chancellor and President, Carine Feyten
      ACT 15
 10:00-10:25 a.m.     Guests meet with Provost, Robert Neely
    ACT 12
 10:30-11:45 a.m.     Forum and Panel Discussion with Students
    Pathways and Challenges for Women in Science
    ACT 301
11:45-12:00 p.m.     Move to Hubbard Hall Small Banquet Room
12:00-1:00 p.m.         Lunch with Students (invitation-only event)

    Hubbard Hall Small Banquet Room

1:00-1:30 p.m.     Break for speakers
1:30-5:00 p.m.     Symposium
    Women in Science: Research at the Interface of Biology and Chemistry
    ASSC 259
    Dr. McMurray: “Death by DNA Repair”
    Dr. Bren: “Engineered Metalloproteins and Metallopeptides for Solar Fuels”
    Dr. Fuchs: “Stem Cells in Silence, Action and Cancer”
5:00-6:00 p.m.     Reception (includes Marketing photo session)
    ASSC Atrium


For additional details, please contact the Celebration of Science Planning Committee, in care of Dr. Sarah McIntire (

About the Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science Series

Chancellor 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.

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

Photo courtesy of Ronda DuTeil.

Celebration of Science Archives

2014 Celebration of Science

2013 Celebration of Science

2012 Celebration of Science 

2011 Celebration of Science and Dedication of the Ann Stuart Science Complex (ASSC)

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