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Registration Open for USU's 9th Annual Hansen Life Sciences Retreat

By Mary-Ann Muffoletto |

All USU students and faculty in the molecular life sciences are invited to participate in the 2019 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat Saturday, Sept. 21, in Logan. Registration deadline is Sept. 3.

Registration for Utah State University’s 2019 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan, is open until Sept. 3. In its ninth year, the annual gathering is open to all USU students and faculty involved in the study of biological processes at the molecular level.

“Each fall, we invite scholars from all departments throughout campus, who are conducting study and research in the molecular life sciences, to pause their experiments, throw off their lab coats and join us for a day to share ideas and approaches,” says Sean Johnson, associate dean in the College of Science and associate professor in USU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, which coordinates the conference. “This is a day to encourage collective efforts and celebrate each individual’s contributions in the larger research community.”

The retreat, held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., features a student-driven agenda and includes student presentations and poster sessions.  A catered breakfast and lunch is included.

The gathering honors the memory of the late R. Gaurth Hansen, a biochemistry professor at Utah State, who served as the first chair of the Department of Biochemistry (currently, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.) Hansen, a USU alum who joined the university’s faculty in 1968, also served as an academic vice president for 16 years. He was named USU Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 1985.

Funding for the Hansen Retreat is provided by the Hansen Family, including Gaurth Hansen’s widow, Anna Lou Rees Hansen and his son, Nobel Laureate and USU alum Lars Peter Hansen. 

Register online at the Hansen Retreat website. For information, contact the USU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at 435-797-0544.

USU's 9th annual Hansen Life Sciences Retreat, slated for Saturday, Sept. 21, brings together student and faculty researchers from across the university, who are involved in the study of biological processes at the molecular level.


Mary-Ann Muffoletto
Public Relations Specialist
College of Science


Erin Russell
Office Manager
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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