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Philip and Marjorie Newmark Award Lecture in Biochemistry


The 2020 Newmark Award Lecture will be presented by

Dr. J. Andrew McCammon

Joseph E. Mayer Professor of Theoretical Chemistry
University of California San Diego

Monday Apr 27, 2020 at 3:30 PM

1005 Haworth Hall
Lawrence Campus


     The Newmark Award was initiated to remember Dr. Philip Newmark, a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry, who, at the age of 42, in the midst of an impressive career, was stricken with a fatal heart attack. Led by Byron Wenger, Paul Kitos, and Dwight Mulford, the Newmark Award was established to recognize outstanding research by a K.U. student and build the biochemistry program. Dr. Newmark received his bachelor's degree from City College of New York and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, working with Dr. Irving Goodman. He did two post-docs, one at Washington University with Barry Commoner, studying nucleic acids (1950-52) and a second at the University of California, Berkeley, with Dr. Wendell Stanley, studying plant RNA viruses (1952-54). He became an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Kansas in 1954. Here, he began a productive research career investigating the physical and chemical characteristics of plant RNA viruses, especially TMV.
     Dr. Marjorie Newmark, Philip's wife, came to K.U. as a Research Associate in 1954, working with Dr. Byron Wenger. She became a Lecturer in 1962, was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1964, and Associate Professor in 1974. During the early part of her career, Marge carried out research on arterial metabolism and atherogenesis, gradually shifting her emphasis to teaching in addition to the sole responsibility of raising their three children. Marge taught a variety of biochemistry courses including introductory biochemistry and a graduate level course in cell regulatory mechanisms. She is probably best remembered for the challenging introductory biochemistry lab course that she designed for our undergraduate and graduate biochemistry majors. She obtained NSF funding for equipment to set up this lab in 1971, teaching it almost every fall until her retirement in 1991. The course was initially well reviewed by the NSF panel, and continues to garner praise from the students who benefited from it. Marge was nominated for the prestigious H.O.P.E. Award. She can also take credit for building the biochemistry graduate program from a mere handful of students to a thriving program of over 40 students during her tenure as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department.

Newmark Lecturers

2020 J. Andrew McCammon University of California San Diego
2019 Stephen White University of California Irvine
2018 Jerry Shay UT Southwestern Medical Center
2017 Donald M. Engelman Yale School of Medicine
2016 Charles R. Sanders Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
2015 Karen Allen Boston University
2014 Chaitin Khosla Stanford University
2013 Thomas Meek  GlaxoSmithKline
2012 David Ballou  University of Michigan Medical School
2011 David Eisenberg  UCLA-DOE Inst. For Genomics & Proteomics
2010 Sarah O’Connor  Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2008 Kenneth A. Johnson  University of Texas, Austin
2007 Heidi Hamm  Vanderbilt University
2006 Michael F. Summers  University of Maryland Baltimore County
2005 Chang-An Yu  Oklahoma State University
2004 Pamela Björkman  California Institute of Technology
2004 Frank Millett  University of Arkansas
2003 Paul D. Boyer  University of California, Los Angeles
2002 Joan A. Steitz  Yale University
2001 Madeline A. Shea  University of Iowa
2000 Michael G. Rossmann  Purdue University
1999 Reza Ghadiri  Scripps Research Institute
1998 Litsa Kranias  University of Cincinnati
1997 Clare Woodward  University of Minnesota
1996 Ernesto Carafoli  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
1995 Nam-Hai Chua  Rockefeller Institute
1994 Wayne Hubbell  University of California, Los Angeles
1993 Clayton A. Buck  Wistar Institute
1992 Richard E. McCarty  Johns Hopkins University
1991 David D. Thomas  University of Minnesota
1990 Howard K. Schachman  University of California, Berkeley
1989 Eric E. Conn  University of California, Davis
1988 Ernest Hodgson  North Carolina State University
1987 R. David Cole  University of California, Berkeley
1986 Thomas F. Deuel  Washington University
1985  James Travis  University of Georgia
1984 Ralph A. Bradshaw  University of California, Irvine
1983 Anthony Pegg  Pennsylvania State University
1982 John Katzenellenbogen  University of Illinois
1981 Leroy Hood  California Institute of Technology
1980 Aaron J. Shatkin  Roche Institute of Molecular Biology
1979 Mary Ellen Jones  University of North Carolina
1978 Harold Edelhoch  National Institutes of Health
1977 Elizabeth F. Neufeld  National Institutes of Health
1976 Richard E. Dickerson  California Institute of Technology
1975 Nathan Brot  Roche Institute of Molecular Biology
1974 Hector F. DeLuca  University of Wisconsin
1973 David Paretsky  University of Kansas
1972 Arthur B. Pardee  Princeton University
1971 William F. Harrington  Johns Hopkins University
1970 Howard K. Schachman  University of California, Berkeley
1969 Alfred Linker  University of Utah Medical School
1968 William Welch  University of Kansas
1967 Albert Benedict  University of Hawaii
1966 Dexter French  Iowa State University
1965 Morris Soodak  Brandeis University
1964 Irving Goodman  Columbia University


John C. Davis Memorial Lecture in Cell Biology

     John C. Davis joined the University of Kansas faculty in 1976 after completing a doctorate at Pennsylvania State University and postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins. His training was in cell biology and endocrinology and his research interests focused on the behavior, morphogenesis, and hormone stimulation of rat testicular cells in vitro. John was a fine teacher, a creative and energetic researcher, and an inspiration to students and colleagues. In his third year at KU he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and after a brave struggle over many months, he died in 1979 at the age of 33. His two doctoral students had completed much of their research, and their dissertations were written in association with John’s faculty colleagues. One of John’s students was Larry Erickson, an internationally known researcher with the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company, who is studying the expression of blood-clotting factors in transgenic mice. Larry captured the spirit of John Davis in the “Acknowledgements” section of his dissertation, where he expressed his gratitude to his mentor and said: “His unquenchable enthusiasm for science and life will always be remembered.” John’s friends and colleagues established the John C. Davis Memorial Lecture Series in 1980 as a way to celebrate the fact that he made a difference in our lives.

Davis Lecturers

2014 Joe Lutkenhaus University of Kansas Medical Center
2013 Peter A. Jones University of Southern California
James P. Calvet University of Kansas Medical Center
2011 (fall) Kent Golic University of Utah
2011 (spring) Henry Krause University of Toronto
2009 Leslie Voshall The Rockefeller University
2008 Tom Blumenthal University of Colorado
2007 Mohan Gupta Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
2006 Lawrence Dreyfus University of Missouri-Kansas City
2005 Alan Sher National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
2004 Eric A. Johnson University of Wisconsin-Madison
2003 Gerard P. Zambetti St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
2002 Jerry Jaax and Nancy K. Jaax Kansas State University
2001 Woodring E. Wright  U.T. Southwestern Medical Center
2000 Frederick W. Alt Harvard Medical School
1999 Jay C. Dunlap Dartmouth Medical School
1998 Thomas Kaufmann Indiana University
1997 Nicholas K. Tonks Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
1996 Gary Ruvkun Harvard Medical School
1995 Meg Titus Duke University Medical School
1994 Mary C. Beckerle University of Utah
1993 Robert Jensen Johns Hopkins Medical School
1992 Peter Hollenbeck  Harvard University
1991 Malcolm Steinberg Princeton University
1987 George B. Witman Worcester Foundation
1986 David Epel Stanford University
1985 Julian Davidson Stanford University
1984 Robert W. Goy University of Wisconsin
1983 Claude Desjardins University of Virginia
1982 Edward Eddy National Institutes of Health
Larry Ewing Johns Hopkins University

James M. Akagi Lecture in Microbiology

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     As a Japanese-American youth during World War II, Jim Akagi spent time living in a U.S. internment camp in Idaho. Following the war, he attended the University of Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology. Jim then came to KU for his Master’s (1955) and PhD (1959) degrees, both in bacteriology, working with David Paretsky. Following his PhD, Jim performed post-doctoral research with Leon Campbell in Microbiology at Western Reserve University School of Medicine (now Case Western Reserve).   
     After his post-doctoral training, Jim returned to KU as an Assistant Professor in 1961. He remained on the faculty at KU until his retirement in 1995. He was quickly promoted, and attained the rank of full Professor in 1967.  In 1976 he became Chair of the Department of Microbiology. In his latter years with the department, he served as Acting Chair of Microbiology for a couple terms, at the request of the Dean. 
Jim Akagi was a physiologist, biochemist, and enzymologist who studied bacterial enzyme catalytic mechanisms -particularly those enzymes involved in sulfate reduction and the catabolism of aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Much of his work centered on the bacterial genus Desulfovibrio - a Gram negative, sulfate-reducing bacterium whose odor was well known within the department. Jim published numerous papers in the area of bacterial physiology and was considered one of the international experts on the enzymatic reactions of sulfate reduction. He maintained continuous funding for his research throughout his distinguished career, in part due to his high level of research productivity and his important contributions to his research field.  
Jim Akagi was a credit to the Department of Microbiology and the University of Kansas. He is a modest individual, despite his outstanding accomplishments, and has an excellent sense of humor. He now resides in the Seattle, Washington area. 

Akagi Lecturers

2014 Scott Hultgren Washington University
2011 Spring Gary Dunny University of Minnesota
2011 Fall Jorge Galan Yale University
2010 Ian Macara University of Virginia Medical School
2008 Fall Bonnie Bassler Princeton University
2008 Spring Christian Raetz Duke University




Arthur Atsunobu Hirata Memorial Lecture in Immunology

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    Dr. Hirata was born in Los Angeles, California.  He received his baccalaureate and master's degrees in zoology at Duke University.  Dr. Hirata first became interested in immunology during his graduate studies in zoology at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in 1958.  His interest matured at the California Institute of Technology where, under the tutelage of Professor Dan H. Campbell, an eminent immunochemist, he carried out postdoctoral research as a National Science Foundation Research Fellow.  In 1960 he moved to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland as a Staff Research Immunologist, and in 1965 he became a Research Fellow in Immunology at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, Illinois.  He joined the faculty of the University of Kansas as a Professor of Microbiology in 1973, but returned to Abbott Laboratories in 1975 to become a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Laboratories of Immunology, a position he held until his death.
     Dr. Hirata's life-long scientific interest was immunochemistry, especially as it applied to medical diagnostic technologies.  In this area alone he published many scholarly papers and received more than twenty patents.  He was an active member of more than a dozen professional societies.  His devotion to academic science was evident from his participation in the graduate teaching programs at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois Medical School.  Moreover, throughout his tenure at Abbott Laboratories he maintained a particularly close and active association with the faculty and students in the Department of Microbiology as an Adjunct Professor of Microbiology at the University of Kansas.  This endowed lectureship was established through contributions by Abbott Laboratories and the family, colleagues, and many friends of the late Dr. Arthur A. Hirata.

Hirata Lecturers

2011 David Woodland Trudeau Institute
2008 Thomas Waldmann National Cancer Institute
2002 Max Cooper University of Alabama
2001 Richard Lynch University of Iowa
2000 Steven Kunkel University of Michigan
1999 Kim Bottomly Yale University
1997 John Cambier National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine
1990 Jack Strominger Harvard University
1988 Elvin A. Kabat Columbia University

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