Elizabeth W. Jones Memorial Symposium-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, October 17, 2008

Elizabeth W. Jones Memorial Symposium

“The most important thing in science is people.”

– Elizabeth W. Jones, Ph.D.

This fundamental philosophy by which Jones lived her life could be seen in the hundreds of alumni, faculty, staff, current students, family members, colleagues and friends who gathered on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 to celebrate her life and legacy during the Elizabeth W. Jones Memorial Symposium.

Jones was a distinguished scientist and educator within the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University for over thirty years. The influence of her life’s work impacted not only the university but also the greater scientific community.

During the symposium, President Jared Cohon shared how Jones understood the importance of including undergraduates within research before it was the norm, thereby developing the basis for the entire university’s undergraduate research program.

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D., an alumnus and faculty member within the Department of Biological Sciences, discussed how she impacted his life as a scientist, teacher, mentor, colleague and friend.

Christine Guthrie, Ph.D., expressed how Jones’s leadership style and focus on being recognized as a scientist, not just a woman scientist, influenced her career.

Peter Bruns, Ph.D., explained the very close relationship Jones had with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and how that relationship enabled her to develop key programs, such as the genetics cognitive tutor and the Summer Research Institute, at Carnegie Mellon. 

Lastly, David Botstein, Ph.D., discussed how Jones changed the focus of his career when they were both post-doctoral fellows at MIT developing the school’s first project laboratory.

If you would like to learn more about Jones’s life, work and continuing legacy, view http://www.cmu.edu/bio/news/2008/dr_jones.html. Also, contributions may be made in her memory to the Elizabeth W. Jones Memorial Fund. Please visit http://www.cmu.edu/giving/give.shtml for more details.

To view the symposium please visit: mms://wms.andrew.cmu.edu/cmucast01