New professorship in biology

Himadri B. Pakrasi, Ph.D., receives a medal from Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton signifying his appointment as the George William and Irene Koechig Freiberg Professor of Biology in Arts & Sciences Oct. 2 in a ceremony at Holmes Lounge. Pakrasi was introduced by Edward S. Macias, Ph.D. (right), executive vice chancellor, dean of Arts & Sciences and the Barbara and David Thomas Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences. Pakrasi, who also has an appointment as professor of energy in the School of Engineering, directs the University’s new initiative called the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES). The professorship honors a distinguished faculty member in biology who has demonstrated leadership in research and teaching. It was established in 1983 by George Freiberg, an Anheuser-Busch executive who received a doctorate in microbiology from Washington University in 1917. Irine Koechig Freiberg received two degrees in Arts & Sciences from the University and taught at the School of Medicine from the 1920s through the 1950s.