Tribute to late Microbiology chair added to symposium

October 19, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

A tribute to the late Frederick Neidhardt, Ph.D., has been added to the Neidhardt/Freter Symposium, planned for Thursday, Oct. 20 from noon to 2:45 p.m. in Room 5330 of Med Sci I.

Neidhardt, a towering figure in microbiology, died Oct. 7. He was the Frederick G. Novy Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Immunology in the Medical School, and dedicated his career to excellence in science, leadership and service. He served for 15 years as the fourth chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology beginning in 1970. He then went on to serve as associate dean for faculty of the Medical School and later as U-M’s vice president of research.

In these roles, he fostered the recruitment of women and minorities to the faculty and facilitated the development of a mentorship system for junior faculty. Click here to read more about Neidhardt's life and career.  

The entire symposium schedule: 

  • Noon: Current Microbiology chair Harry Mobley, Ph.D., will introduce the history of the symposium, followed by a tribute to Neidhardt from Mike Savageau, Ph.D., former chair of Microbiology, and colleague John Ingraham, Ph.D.
  • 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Andrew Goodman, Ph.D., of Yale University will speak on "Causes and consequences of interpersonal microbiome variation"
  • 2:15 p.m.: Christine Szymanski, Ph.D., of the University of Georgia will speak on "New paradigms for Campylobacter  jejuni survival in the gut"

In lieu of flowers, donations in Neidhardt's name can be made to the American Friends Service Com­mittee or the Leelanau Conservancy.