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Fierke named graduate dean at University of Michigan

Carol A. Fierke has been named the new dean of the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. Fierke is the Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University professor of chemistry and current chair of the department of chemistry at the University of Michigan. Before arriving there in 1999, she was a faculty member in the biochemistry department of Duke University. Fierke earned her bachelor’s of art degree in chemistry at Carleton College and her Ph.D. in biochemistry at Brandeis University. Fierke’s research focuses on the catalysis and cellular regulation of post-translational modifications, tRNA processing and metal homeostasis. Fierke will serve five years as a graduate dean and will also serve as vice provost for academic affairs–graduate studies. Her term begins Sept. 1.


Hengge wins D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award

Alvan C. Hengge, head of Utah State University’s chemistry and biochemistry department, is the winner of his institution’s 2015 D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award. Every year, this award is given to an individual who has conducted important research and who has been “recommended by a committee of peers, all previous award recipients,” according to the university. Hengge’s research focuses on phosphoryl transfer, an important process to every living organism involving enzymes and other biological components. However, research is not the only thing that interests Hengge. Before he began conducting his research, he was a teacher of high school chemistry and physics for seven years. His passion for teaching has made him successful in mentoring his undergraduates, master’s and Ph.D. students. Hengge’s research has garnered much recognition, and he has presented his research around the world. Hengge received his award in April at a gala that was part of the university’s Research Week.

Erik Maradiaga Erik Maradiaga is a biology major at American University.