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April 9, 2004

April 21 Symposium in Honor of Mary Campbell’s Retirement

The chemistry department is hosting a symposium April 21 to honor Mary Campbell, the Virginia Apgar Class of 1929 Professor of Chemistry, who will retire this spring.

Campbell has served on the faculty since 1968, teaching general, physical, and biological chemistry. She is also the author of Biochemistry. The textbook, now in its fourth edition, has become a standard in the field and has been translated into many languages, including Korean and Portuguese.

“Mary is an internationally known leader in developing pedagogical approaches in chemistry and biochemistry,” said Sean Decatur, associate professor and chair of chemistry. “During her 36 years of service to the College, she has taught thousands of students in a wide array of courses, advised students in biophysical chemistry research, and provided leadership to her colleagues.”

David Goodsell, one of the best-known contemporary artists working in scientific illustration, will deliver the symposium lecture titled “The Art of Illustrating Biochemistry.” Goodsell is an associate professor of molecular biology at the Scripps Research Institute.

“Mary’s textbooks are beautifully illustrated with representations of biological molecules, and she has a personal collection of some classic prints by well-known biochemical illustrators,” Decatur said. “She has also worked on the development of multimedia tools that use illustration and animation to describe and explain biochemical phenomena. The Goodsell lecture was a logical choice for celebrating her accomplishments.”

The MHC community is invited to attend Goodsell’s lecture in Cleveland Hall L1 at 4:15 pm.e

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