DBBS to celebrate 40th anniversary Aug. 21

Washington University School of Medicine’s Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) will celebrate its 40th anniversary Wednesday, Aug. 21. The division also will honor 10 faculty members who have served on more than 100 DDBS PhD thesis committees.

A panel discussion at 3 p.m. in Moore Auditorium on the first floor of the North Building will include five DBBS alumni: Keith A. Crandall, PhD, director of the Computational Biology Institute at The George Washington University; Ethan R. Graf, PhD, assistant professor of biology at Amherst College; Karmella A. Haynes, PhD, assistant professor of biological and health systems engineering at Arizona State University; N’Goundo Magassa, PhD, of Washington University’s office of technology; and Brent Brower-Toland, PhD, a research scientist at Monsanto.

Ten faculty members then will be honored for serving on more than 100 DBBS PhD thesis committees, making them members of “The One Hundred Club,” which the division started this year. Faculty members who serve on a thesis committee play an important role in ensuring that students complete their research in a timely manner and, because they are closely involved, become important parts of the students’ scientific network as they enter their careers.

DBBS has not announced the faculty members’ names yet; however, clues about their identities are posted on the DBBS website, Facebook page and posters around campus. The names will be revealed in the days leading up to the ceremony.

After the awards ceremony, Joyce E. Bischoff, PhD, a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, will deliver the keynote speech, “Infantile Hemangiomas: Novel Cellular Targets and Therapies,” which focuses on her primary area of research.

A reception will follow in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center atrium. The School of Medicine community is welcome to attend.