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DENTON, Oct. 11, 2023 – The Texas Woman’s University (TWU) is set to host its annual Celebration of Science on Oct. 19-20. The event will take place at the Scientific Research Commons (SRC) and the Ann Stuart Science Complex (ASSC).
This esteemed event commemorates the four core divisions within the TWU School of Sciences: biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer sciences, and mathematics.
The festivities will kick off with an alumni reception on the evening of Oct. 19 at the SRC’s first floor. Those interested in attending the reception are required to register in advance.
The following day, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a lineup of distinguished speakers, including three TWU alumni and three current TWU professors. Among the students participating in discussions are Emily Arellano from the mathematics department, Bethany Lazarus representing informatics, Kiran Hina Tajuddin from the biology division, and Derek Aguilar of the chemistry department.
A special highlight of this year’s celebration is the tribute to Richard Sheardy, PhD, from the TWU division of chemistry and biochemistry. The event will honor Dr. Sheardy’s illustrious career and his unwavering support for women in the field of science.
On Oct. 20, the ASSC will be the venue for a series of insightful presentations after a continental breakfast. Some of the notable topics include:
- “The Magnificent Journey: Challenges and Opportunities” by E. Ann Nalley, PhD, a TWU alumna and current professor of chemistry at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.
- “You are the Captain of Your Own Career: to Thrive, Not Merely Survive” presented by Karen Oates, PhD, professor of biology & biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
- “The Power of Plants in Promoting Human Well-Being on a Changing Earth” by Camelia Maier, PhD, TWU professor of biology.
- “Hardware Assisted Security for Cyber Physical Systems” by Prasanth Yanambaka, PhD, TWU assistant professor of computer science.
- “Reflections of a Half Century of Research on DNA Biophysics: The Women Scientists That I Have Mentored” by the honored Richard Sheardy, PhD.
The sessions on Friday are open to the public at no charge.
For a comprehensive overview of the event and additional details, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the Celebration of Science website.