Northwestern University

Thu 4:00 PM

Investiture Ceremony: Penelope Deutscher & Alfonso Mondragon

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:15 PM  

Where: James L Allen Center, Atrium, 2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Elizabeth Foster   847.467.2981

Group: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Category: Academic



Dean Adrian Randolph will celebrate two newly endowed chairholders from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.


Professors Penelope Deutscher, Philosophy and Alfonso Mondragon, Molecular Biosciences will be celebrated in a medal ceremony. Each professor will receive an endowed chairholder medallion and deliver a short talk about experiences and individuals formative to their development as scholars. The ceremony will be followed by a reception.

Penelope Deutscher specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary French philosophy, and in gender and sexuality studies. Current projects are focused on the intersections of biopolitics, reproductive futurism, and the genealogy of gendered rights claims. Forthcoming books are: Foucault’s Children: The Reproduction of Biopolitics and two co-edited collections, Foucault/Derrida: Fifty Years On (co-edited with Olivia Custer and Samir Haddad) and Critical Theory in Critical Times (co-edited with Cristina Lafont), with Columbia University Press.

Alfonso Mondragon and his team focus on understanding the relationship between atomic structure and biological function of important proteins and nucleic acids. Traditionally most structural work has been focused on obtaining atomic pictures of molecules, but biological macromolecules are dynamic and understanding their function requires the convergence of many approaches to provide information from complementary perspectives at different time and length scales. To this end, we combine a variety of structural approaches with a wide range of biophysical and biochemical techniques to understand the workings of some of the most ubiquitous molecules in the cell.



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