Thursday, October 4, 2007

Two BigU Faculty Members Move On

Ernest Retzel, PhD: U of M -> National Center for Genome Resources

Anne Taylor, MD: U of M -> Columbia University

According to an email from Dean Powell, Dr. Anne Taylor will be leaving the U on November 2:


Oct 3, 2007 10:49 AM


From Dean Deborah Powell

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in extending best wishes to Anne Taylor, who is leaving Minnesota to return to her hometown of New York City and the position of vice dean for academic affairs at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her last day here will be Nov. 2. During her seven years here, Dr. Taylor has served our Medical School as associate dean for faculty affairs, as renowned researcher, and as professor of medicine.

Deborah E. Powell, M.D.

Dean of the Medical School

Mr. B. asked a colleague about Dr. Retzel and was surprised to learn that he had left during the summer and is now a program leader at the National Center for Genome Resources. From the NCGR web site:

Ernie Retzel has worked in informatics since 1989. During this time, he worked on several plant EST and genome projects, including /Arabidopsis/, soybean, pine and /Medicago truncatula/. Bioinformatics efforts have included developing databases for legume projects, as well as forest crops [poplar and a variety of conifers]. Prior to joining NCGR, Retzel was the founder and director of the Center for Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics at the University of Minnesota, and led bioinformatics development efforts under a variety of NSF, USDA and private grants and contracts. Development work included software for visualization, data mining, protein families and distributed computing.

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