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Weinberg Professors Named to Endowed Chairs, Professorships

Kelly Mayo, Indira Raman and Catherine Woolley recognized

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December 11, 2013 | by Emily Osborne

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A medal ceremony celebrated the achievements of three Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences professors recently named to endowed chairs and professorships.  

Kelly Mayo, Indira Raman and Catherine Woolley received medallions honoring their accomplishments and spoke about experiences formative to their development as scholars. 

Kelly Mayo, professor of molecular biosciences, holds the Walter and Jennie Bayne Professorship. Mayo has been chair of molecular biosciences since 2004 and the director of the Center for Reproductive Science since 2003. He is also president of the Endocrine Society, an organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. His research focuses on molecular mechanisms regulating normal reproductive function with relevance to reproductive disorders that impact fertility.

Indira Raman, professor of neurobiology, is the Bill and Gayle Cook Chair in Biological Sciences. She is also the director of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience graduate program and a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. Her research on ion channel biophysics and synaptic neurophysiology explores the language of the brain and how different classes of neurons generate and transmit electrical and chemical signals that encode distinct types of information.

Catherine Woolley, professor of neurobiology, is the William Deering Chair in Biological Sciences. She is faculty director of the Biological Imaging Facility, which explores the roles of ovarian steroid hormones such as estrogen and progesterone in neural plasticity. Her research focuses on understanding the effects of hormones on the structure and function of brain circuitry.

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