Leo and June Davis Frontiers Lectureship Announced

Dr. David R. Walt
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 6:00pm

Dr. David R. Walt will be presenting a Leo and June Davis Frontiers Lectureship for the Department of Chemistry.  David R. Walt is University Professor, Robinson Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Genetics, and Professor of Oral Medicine at Tufts University and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor.  Dr. Walt is the Founding Scientist of Illumina, Inc. and has been a Director and Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board since 1998. Dr. Walt is also the Founding Scientist of Quanterix Corporation and is a Director and Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board since 2007. He has received numerous national and international awards and honors for his fundamental and applied work in the field of optical sensors and arrays.  Dr. Walt is a co-chair of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from Stony Brook University. 

There will be three lectures over three days. 

Lecture 1--"Random Arrays for Multiplexed Bioanalysis" -

April 7th, 2014, 7:30-9:00pm

C20 Pomerantz Center

Reception to follow, 3rd Floor North Hallway of the Chemistry Building

Lecture 2--"Single Molecule Measurements for Ultrasensitive Detection and Fundamental Enzymology"

April 8th, 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

Iowa Theater, IMU

Lecture 3--"How Do We Measure Scientific Impact?"

April 9th, 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

Iowa Theater IMU

This Lectureship is made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Leo and June Davis. Leodis Davis served in several administrative positions at The University of Iowa from 1979 –1994 as Chair, Chemistry Department; Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts; Acting Dean, Graduate College; and Senior Associate Provost in charge of academic budgets and long range planning.  Additionally, Leo provided service to the university as Chair, Faculty Senate, Chair, Board In Control of Athletics; and President, Oakdale Research Park.

June Davis held administrative positions in Residence Services from 1976-1986.  She was the University Acting Director of Affirmative Action 1984-1986; Assistant to the VP of Finance and University Services,1986 -1990 and then was an Assistant Vice President of Finance and University Services,1991-1997.  Additionally, the University Pan Hellenic Council honored June in 1995 with the Phoebe Sudlow Exceptional Woman Award and in 1996 she received the Distinguished Achievement Award at the University of Iowa Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women program.