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Chemistry professor to deliver annual Sokol Lecture April 10

Professor of Chemistry Michael Morris will deliver the annual Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Lecture in the Sciences at 4 p.m. April 10 in the Rackham Building Assembly Hall.

The topic of his lecture will be "Raman spectroscopy of musculoskeletal tissue: The chemist's view of structure and function." A public reception will follow.

Morris joined the faculty as associate professor in 1964. He since has established himself as an innovative scientist and a leader in the use of analytical Raman spectroscopy and imaging. He was first in the nation to use laser Raman spectroscopy for analytical, bioanalytical and biomedical applications.

Margaret Sokol, along with her late husband, Herman, who graduated from U-M in 1940, established an annual fellowship for graduate students in chemistry in 1983. After Herman's death in 1985, Margaret established additional awards to assist graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in the sciences for research and teaching.

Administered by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the $25,000 Sokol Award is given annually to a tenured faculty member in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, mathematics or physics in recognition of substantial contributions to graduate education. A Sokol Postdoctoral Award of $10,000 also is presented to the department of the Sokol Award recipient.

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