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TRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

anges The World

—M. A. Sims

Austin at the undergraduate and grad- uate levels, and he received a number of the Freshmen Teaching Awards. He kept office hours for students imme- diately after class, but if they couldn’t get by his chemistry office he would tell them to drop by his Main Building office later, “Most of what we do over here can wait a few minutes.”

Excellence in teaching is a trait of other successful administrators. University Distinguished Teaching Professor Da- vid A. Laude, Associate Dean for Un- dergraduate Education in the College of Natural Sciences, said in a 2007 inter- view with David Oppenheimer, “I had always wanted to be a teacher more than anything else. From the moment I worked as a teaching assistant as an undergraduate, I loved it.” Laude is the recipient of the Texas Exes Award for Distinguished Teaching in the College of Natural Sciences and the Jean M. Holloway Award for Teaching Excel- lence.

In 1962, President Lorene L. Rogers, PhD Biochemistry, 1949, was appointed professor of nutrition in the Department of Home Economics (now School of Hu- man Ecology), a position that she occu- pied for the remainder of her associa- tion with UT Austin. She was awarded the UT Students Association Teaching Award in 1963 for her effectiveness in the classroom. She would go on to become the first female president of a major public research university.

Former Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. John H. Harrison IV, PhD Biochemistry, UT Austin, 1977, offers a very human ob- servation as to why teaching lends one skill in administrative service, “I think the people who did well (in administra- tion) were first of all good teachers— good showmen.”

Faculty and alumni who have gone on to successful administrative careers all seem to have begun by devoting themselves to exemplary service to the university or to outside organizations, such as government, professional or- ganizations, or military service. Fran- cisco served the field of chem- istry with his involvement with the ACS since 1991, broadening the mission of the organiza- tion under his influence. From 1939-1941, Hackerman served in the Coast Guard at Staten Island working as a research chemist; then during World War II he was recruited to work for the Kellex Company, which was part of the Manhattan Project. In 1945 Hackerman and two oth- er chemistry professors formed the Texas Chemical Society, which led to regional chemistry conferences around the coun- try and in particular the South- west Regional Conference. He chaired the Texas Higher Edu- cation Coordinating Board’s Ad- visory Committee on Research Programs that provided grants

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of state-appropriated funds to foster re- search at Texas state universities. Har- rison, who served in the United States Marine Corps between undergraduate and graduate studies, related that at

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