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Tulane Honors Program

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Honors Banquet

Last night we had our Honors Banquet. I think it went very well! Thanks to everyone who came, especially all the faculty! We recognized our Senior Scholars, those students who not only are graduating with University Honors (magna or summa) but were chosen by the faculty of their department as deserving top honors. All our University Honors students received their blue and green honors cords to be worn at graduation.

We honored Dr. W. David Clinton, Jr. with our awards for Exceptional Service. Dr. Clinton has done so much to support our students and the Program itself. When I arrived on the Honors scene 3 years ago Dr. Clinton was quick to step in and help me with programming, reading applications, and (of course) supervising theses.
One student wrote
Professor Clinton is a man of the highest standards and the utmost respect for students...Under his tutelage one can be assured of substantial instruction. His standards are high, so that an A in a Clinton class is a rare jewel, purchased with only the most excellent work. ...He has great respect and servant-heartedness for his students as a teacher and an advisor.

Unfortunately for us, but in a promotion for Dr. Clinton, he will be leaving for Baylor University next fall. Good luck and we will miss you!

Our Honors Professor of the Year is Dr. David Mullin of Cell & Molecular Biology. Dr. Mullin has also been a tremendous support to students, as one wrote, "past, present, and future." In the spring Dr. Mullin can often be found eating lunch at Bruff with prospective students. He, like Dr. Clinton, has supervised almost innumerable theses.
A student wrote:
I knew that molecular biology would be an interesting class on the first day, when Dr. Mullin walked in carrying a bamboo stick taller than himself--and he's not short. The stick, I soon learned, served several purposes; it was a pointer, an aiming device when he was directing a question toward a particular student, and a means of getting the class' attention, because what makes a class quiet down quicker than a giant bamboo stick slamming onto a desk? The class didn't disappoint, either. ...Dr. Mullin's class challenged me to think, to really get to understand the class material so that I could properly complete the homework amd exam questions. In his class, I learned more than the basics of transcription and translation; I learned how to interpret experiments and think critically about data, essential skills for a scientist.

Dr. Mullin has promised to bring back his "Science of Fermentation" class next year and even do a Round Table on the topic. (I will leave it up to you, dear reader, to determine what topics are covered in the syllabus.)
(Sorry for the fuzzy picture.)

Congratulations to all of you!


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