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The McLean Lectures - History

Portrait of Verna and Marrs McLean

The McLean Lecture series were inaugurated in 1972 by Salih J. Wakil, Distinguished Service Professor and chair emeritus, in honor of an outstanding Texas family for their generous support of the department. Verna and Marrs McLean shared a philosophy of civic and humanitarian responsibility and a keen commitment to education.

Although the McLean's were personally generous and supported many philanthropic causes, they believed that their greatest contribution was to set an example that encouraged others to make equally strong commitments. This tradition has been maintained by their children and grandchildren, as exemplified by the recent endowment of the Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Professorship, which will support a new faculty member in the department.

View a list of prior McLean lecturers.

2014 Lecture Announced

The 42nd Annual Verna and Marrs McLean Lectures in Biochemistry will be held Thursday, March 13, in the Cullen Auditorium from 2-5 p.m.

Download 42nd McLean Lectures brochure (PDF).

Speakers will include:

Arthur L. Horwich, M.D.Arthur L. Horwich, M.D., a professor in the Department of Genetics at Yale University School of Medicine, investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, will present an important area of research for understanding neurodegenerative disorders like Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) and Alzheimer's disease in the first lecture at 2 p.m. entitled "Chaperone-mediated protein folding."

Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D.Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and the Department of Physics at Harvard University, investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, will present her work at 3:30 p.m. entitled "Bioimaging at the nanoscale: Single-molecule and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy." Her research provides new insights into molecular machines and their roles in cell biology and neurobiology.

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