APPLETON - Lawrence University plans to rename an academic building aftergraduate Thomas Steitz, who recently won the Nobel Prize inchemistry.
University president Jill Beck announced Thursday that ScienceHall would be renamed, Thomas Steitz Science Hall. A date for theofficial renaming has not been set.
“His dedication and accomplishments serve as inspirationto all of our young, aspiring scientists,” Beck said in anews release. “Having the building they learn and conductresearch in bear his name will motivate them to consider all thatis possible in their own careers.”
“I was truly amazed to hear from President Beck thatLawrence is going to name its new science building after me,”Steitz said in a news release. “This is, indeed, a greathonor from a university to which I owe so much.”
Steitz, a Milwaukee native who graduated from Lawrence in 1962,is the Sterling professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistryand professor of chemistry at Yale University, where he has taughtsince 1970. His Nobel Prize honored his decades-long research onthe structure and function of the ribosome, which transforms DNAinto proteins central to life functions.
Science Hall is Lawrence’s newest academic building. Thebuilding houses Lawrence’s molecular science, chemistry andbiology programs. Ironically, Steitz was the keynote speaker at thebuilding’s dedication in October 2000.
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