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Biochemistry lab to be dedicated in honor of long-time professor



Alvie Davis
Dr. Alvie Davis

For immediate release
Oct. 14, 2004

The Department of Chemistry at Abilene Christian University will honor retired chemistry professor Dr. Alvie Davis by dedicating the Davis Biochemistry Lab in his honor during ACU's Homecoming weekend. The ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony will be Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in Room 279 in the Foster Science Building.

"The biochemistry lab has been in use for many years, but has been updated this summer, so the combination of the update and Dr. Davis' retirement a few years ago led to this unique opportunity to honor him," said Dr. Kim Pamplin, chair of the Department of Chemistry.

The $30,000 update of the lab includes eight computer workstations, an ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer, a full set of adjustable pipets, a new analytical balance, a new microcentrifuge, and two new printers.

Davis served 42 years as a member of the chemistry faculty before retiring in 2001, and he continues teaching part-time.  During his career, he helped establish the chemistry department and helped the department gain approval from the American Chemical Society. Davis also taught most of the department’s current faculty, received nearly $670,000 in grant funding, and gave more than 7,500 class lectures.

Hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students were influenced by Davis’ teaching and went on to successful careers as doctors, dentists, pharmacists, lawyers, chemists and biochemists in academia, government, and industry.

"Establishing the Davis Laboratory for Biochemistry in honor of Dr. Davis is a celebration for a unique and deserving scientist, gentleman and Christian servant," said Dr. Charles Ivey, ACU graduate of 1965 and former ACU physics professor and department chair. "I remember so much his love of chemistry, his great teaching and research, and his care for students. The legacy of scholarship and research that he helped establish at ACU will live on in the lives of the students who benefited from his good work."

Dr. Brian Perkins, assistant professor of biology at Texas A&M University and a 1995 graduate of ACU's Chemistry Department, said Davis' "enthusiasm for biochemistry and the university was apparent in the classroom and the laboratory."

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