Texas Woman’s presents Celebration of Science on Oct. 13

Oct. 4, 2017 – DENTON – Texas Woman’s University’s seventh annual Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science will take place Friday, Oct. 13, on TWU’s Denton campus.

Featured speakers for the event are Sue Wessler, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Genetics and the Neil A. and Rochelle A. Campbell Presidential Chair for Innovation in Science Education at the University of California Riverside; and Patricia Clark, Ph.D., Reverend John Cardinal O'Hara CSC Professor of Biochemistry and concurrent professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

Jennie Wojtaszek, TWU alumna, chief toxicologist and vice president of laboratory operations for AIT Laboratories, also will speak at the event. Manal Rawashdeh-Omary, Ph.D., an associate professor in the TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will serve as moderator.

The daylong celebration of “Women in Science” includes an interactive poster session with TWU science students and faculty mentors, a forum and panel discussion focusing on “Pathways and Challenges for Women in Science,” a symposium titled “Women in Science: Research at the Interface of Biology and Chemistry” and a reception.

During the afternoon symposium, Wessler will present "Success strategies of transposable elements that rapidly diversify genomes," and Clark will present "Same sequence, different structures: Translation rate effects on protein folding." Most activities will take place in the Ann Stuart Science Complex. For a full schedule, including maps and directions, visit the Celebration of Science website.

About the Celebration of Science Series

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.

Chancellor Ann Stuart and her husband sitting with their two dogs

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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