Anne Skaja Robinson said she was drawn to Tulane because of the opportunity to enhance her research and teaching as the Boh professor and at the new Donna and Paul Flower Hall for Research and Innovation, opening this fall.
From left to right: Mrs. Katherine Boh, Mr. Robert H. Boh, Dr. Anne Skaja Robinson and Mr. Robert S. Boh.
March 13, 2012
The Catherine and Henry Boh Professorship of Engineering was established through a gift from Catherine and Henry Boh, Katherine and Robert H. Boh and the Boh Foundation. Robert H. Boh, an emeritus member of the Board of Tulane, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Tulane in 1951 and 1953; his wife, Katherine, graduated from Newcomb College in 1956.
Robert S. Boh (E ’80, B ’81) is an emeritus member of the advisory board of the school of science and engineering, and also served with his wife, Ann, on the Tulane University Parents Council. The Boh family belongs to the Paul Tulane Society in recognition of their enduring philanthropy, which also includes support for the Tulane University School of Medicine, Newcomb Art Gallery, Green Wave athletics and the Margaret W. and Eamon M. Kelly Distinguished Chair in International Development.
During her investiture as the new Boh professor on Friday (March 9), Anne Skaja Robinson gave a brief discussion of her research, including images of the cells she studies to better understand neurodegenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. Later, she joined her colleagues, friends and family along with members of the Boh family for a reception.
“Understanding what is happening to brain cells is key,” Robinson said during the slide-show presentation. Once that mystery is solved, the cure for Alzheimer’s and similar diseases is within reach.
“Things are happening so fast, any given day we may find the key insight needed to enable a cure,” Robinson said.
Robinson, chair of the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, arrived at Tulane in January after 14 years at the University of Delaware, where she was recognized with numerous teaching and research awards including the National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering and the Dupont Young Professor Award.
Robinson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, her doctorate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne and did postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
School of Science and Engineering Dean Nicholas Altiero introduced the professor to her peers, members of the Boh family and other prominent members of the local engineering community, admitting he was elated when he heard she had accepted the position.
Robinson said she was drawn to Tulane because of the opportunity to enhance her research and teaching as the Boh professor and at the new Donna and Paul Flower Hall for Research and Innovation, opening this fall.
“Flower Hall is going to be a tremendous facility,” she said.
Maureen King is a writer in the Office of Development.
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