Former Students, Colleagues, Friends Honor Meg Mathies

A new cell and molecular biology laboratory housed in the W.M. Keck Science Center will be named in honor of Meg Mathies, the Sidney J. Wienberg Jr. Professor of Natural Sciences, who retired this year after 37 years with the Joint Science Department of Scripps, Claremont Mckenna, and Pitzer Colleges. Her former students, colleagues, and friends are seeking to raise $300,000 towards this project.

The new laboratory will help meet the needs of a growing student enrollment in Joint Science that has more than doubled in the past 10 years. It will serve the laboratory courses in cell biology, molecular biology, and biotechnology, and will give students access to state-of-the-art equipment including 20 binocular microscopes, several centrifuges, incubators, gel electrophoresis systems, and a thermal cycler.

Professor Mathies is legendary for her patience in working with students, her skill in explaining complex material, and her enthusiasm for biology. For those reasons and others, in 1993, Professor Mathies received the Mary Wig Johnson Faculty Award for Teaching; in 2001, she also received the Johnson Faculty Award for Community Service.

Professor Mathies is a research associate at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories in London, where she conducts research on the molecular and cellular interactions involved in the immune response. She and her husband, Ed Copeland, who retired as professor of English at Pomona this year, will relocate to London this summer.