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June 4, 2001
Susan Beasy Latto, Director of Public Relations 218 726-8830
Professor Lester R. Drewes, Head, UMD Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 218 726-7925
Marge Erickson, Program Associate, UMD Continuing Education 218 726-6819

UMD To Hold International Fish Biology/Biochemistry Symposium June 8-----Open to the Public

Announces Establishment of the Paul M. Anderson Fellowship in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the UMD School of Medicine

The UMD School of Medicine will present the Paul M. Anderson Research Symposium on June 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the UMD School of Medicine, Room 142. Focus of the conference will be the biology and biochemistry of fish--examining the fundamental processes that fish tissues employ to eliminate the chemical byproducts of metabolism as they derive energy from their food. These natural processes are different among fish species that exist in various environments--ranging from freshwater fish in Minnesota lakes, to saltwater fish in the oceans.

The symposium is free and open to the public, and will feature presentations by internationally known experts from France, Singapore, Canada, and the United States.

The symposium will also launch the establishment of the Paul M. Anderson Fellowship in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UMD. The Fellowship has been created for the support of graduate studies and research at UMD in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. It is the first of its type at UMD.

The Paul M. Anderson Fellowship honors and recognizes the high quality, productive research that has taken place at the UMD School of Medicine since its establishment in 1971. It is named in honor of Dr. Paul M. Anderson, a founding member of the UMD School of Medicine, who served as head of the Department of Biochemistry for 12 years. Dr. Anderson retired this spring.

"Professor Anderson's knowledge of fundamental biochemical concepts extends to the classroom, where he is appreciated not only for his high expectations, but also for his humanistic and faith-based qualities," said Professor Lester Drewes, Head of the UMD Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. "Dr Anderson has helped to educate over 1,000 medical students in addition to mentoring numerous undergraduate students and masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students who have gone on to very successful careers. He has actively conducted internationally recognized research which includes a study of shark enzymes that relate to liver dysfunction in humans. We are very proud to honor Dr. Anderson."

A banquet gala honoring Dr. Anderson, and formally announcing the Paul M. Anderson Fellowship, will be held the evening of June 8 at the Lake Superior Aquarium. The event will conclude the symposium.

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