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The 2013 Biochemistry 65th Anniversary and 4th Annual Retreat,
organized by Lori Wallrath, Charles Brenner, Maria Spies, Earle
Stellwagen, Mark Miller, Lacy Barton, and Maren Rogers, was held on
Saturday, August 24.
The scientific program at the Levitt Center for University Advancement featured talks by Charles Brenner, Director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, Dale Abel, and Director of the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics, Richard Smith. In addition, Gary Firestone (1980 PhD with Ed Heath), Tristram Parslow (1977 MD/PhD with Daryl Granner), Bob Deschenes (faculty from 1989-2004), Debbie Thurmond (1997 PhD with Alan Goodridge), and Catherine Musselman gave scientific presentations.
The poster session featured 39 posters. Six total awards were given in
three categories. In the undergraduate division, first place went to
Dylan Thiemann (Wallrath lab), and second place to Liam Hovey (Shea
lab). In the Postdoc/Research Assistant/Associate category, Jiannan Guo
(Price lab) and Rebecca Fagan (Brenner lab) won first and second places,
respectively . Two Lois Bigger Gehring Awards were given to support
graduate student travel to research conferences. Lacy Barton (Geyer lab)
and Jessica Maiers (DeMali lab) each won this award for best poster in
the graduate student category.
The dinner at the Athletics Hall of Fame featured thoughts and reflections from PhD graduates of the department, including Morey Slodki (1955), Charles Fishkin (son of Arthur Fishkin, 1957), Billy Hudson (1966), Liskin Swint-Kruse (1995), and a video message from Alap Subramanian (1964). Along with former faculty members Charles Swenson, Robert Barker, Earle Stellwagen, Arthur Spector, Bryce Plapp, Robert Roskoski, Larry Solomonson, Alice Fulton, and Daryl Granner. To see the old departmental photos that were displayed during dinner, you can download them here.
You can download more photos from the retreat and dinner here.
Thanks to everyone for participating!