April 25, 2023
On Monday, we launched the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series with Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, the 15th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), as the inaugural speaker. University of Missouri Board of Curators Chair Michael Williams, Vice Chair Robin Wenneker, chancellors from UM System universities and many elected officials joined a packed house in Monsanto Auditorium.
During his energetic presentation, Dr. Panchanathan shared his vision for partnerships that support opportunity across the nation. He specifically cited Mizzou research excellence, including NSF-funded work by Curators’ Distinguished Professor Ron Mittler and Associate Professor David G. Mendoza-Cózatl. Their study of how plants respond to iron deficiencies has the potential to improve human nutrition. As the event concluded, we presented Dr. Panchanathan with a personalized Mizzou Football jersey.
NSF is the only government agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation and STEM education. Throughout the day, Dr. Panchanathan had the opportunity to tour Mizzou and meet with faculty, staff and students, who shared some of their discoveries.
It was the perfect way to kick off the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings leaders to campus to discuss grand challenges and how MU is positioned to make a difference. I want to thank Dr. Panchanathan for visiting our community.