NEW POLICY FRAMEWORK AND CAREER TRIBUTE
A fitting celebration of the career and retirement of Dr. Richard Dixon -- Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of biological sciences and founding director of UNT's BioDiscovery Institute -- is planned next week. The renowned plant scientist and his significant contributions to the field will be honored during the Plant Biochemistry Symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Union's Emerald Ballroom (314), and everyone's invited. Dixon is one of a group of researchers hoping to spur governments to rethink regulations on genetically engineered crops. A paper he co-wrote, published in Science, outlines options for a policy overhaul. At the symposium, lectures will include "Getting Pi with a Little Help From Your Friends" and "Legume Functional Genomics: A Walk Down Memory Lane," among others. The event will end with call-in congratulations from around the world. And we're adding our best wishes and thanks from campus!