2018 Keynote Speaker
Provost & Executive Vice President of Texas A&M University
Dr. Carol Fierke will deliver the keynote address at this year's symposium.
Dr. Fierke, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, serves as Provost & Executive Vice President of Texas A&M University. In this role she provides oversight to the academic deans of 16 colleges and schools, 2 special purpose campuses, university libraries and a comprehensive set of academic affairs services and units.
Prior to joining Texas A&M, Dr. Fierke served as Dean of the Rackham Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs ‒ Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan. In addition, she was holder of the Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry. She held this appointment in the College of Literature, Science & Arts, as well as professor of biochemistry in the Medical School.
A world leader in her field, Dr. Fierke is the recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Repligen Award in Chemistry of Biological Processes and the Protein Society’s Emil Thomas Kaiser Award for her contributions in the application of chemistry to the study of enzymes. Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, and has been funded by a number of other agencies and foundations, including the National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Office of Naval Research and Keck Foundation.
Dr. Fierke received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Brandeis University and a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Carleton College.
She has been honored for improving the campus environment for faculty and students, especially women in science, including active involvement with the University of Michigan ADVANCE program for highlighting diversity and excellence. She has won numerous awards and honors, including the 2016 American Chemical Society’s National Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, sponsored by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.