Delaware Chapter, ASA

Dinner Meeting: May 2009

Note: Our meetings are located at the Blue and Gold Club Tavern on the University of Delaware campus.

Be sure to arrive at the Blue & Gold Club Tavern by 6:20p Thursday, to facilitate taking food orders.

Speaker: Robin Morgan
Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Delaware
Title: A Case Study for Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry


The gap between academia and industry is, unfortunately, widening. The causes lie in the economics of higher education, contemporary corporate environments, specialization and the tenure system in academia, intellectual property issues, and the escalating cost of today's research. This presentation will focus on statistics as a case study for bridging the gap between industry and academia. The focus will be on defining key issues and suggesting solutions. In particular, emphasis will be placed on setting realistic goals for partnerships coupled with an unconditional emphasis on program quality. Knowledge is a commodity, but it must be relevant, of undisputable quality, timely, and well-presented.


Dr. Robin W. Morgan has served as dean for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Delawareand as director of its Agricultural Experiment Station since July 1, 2002. She has served as associate dean for research and associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. Before these assignments, Dean Morgan was assistant chair and professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. She had joint appointments in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Biology at the University.

Robin received her bachelor degree in biology from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1977 and her doctorate in biology in 1982 from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dean Morgan was a post-doctoral fellow in biochemistry at the University of California at Berkeley, California.

Robin Morgan is an accomplished research scientist and excellent teacher. She has an international reputation in the areas of Mareks disease, an avian virus that affects poultry. Dean Morgan has several patents from her work in this area. She is also well known for her work in genomics. Graduate and undergraduate students work with her on the cutting edge of discovery. Her laboratory is located at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.

Dr. Morgan has written and published numerous articles in publications such as Radiation Research, Mutation Research, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research, Environmental Mutagenesis, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Bacteriology, Journal of Virology, Avian Diseases, Veterinary Microbiology, Virus Genes, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009

Social hour -- 6:00 pm
Dinner -- 6:30 pm
Speaker -- 7:15 pm

Blue and Gold Club Tavern
University of Delaware   Directions/Map

Entree: Order from the Blue and Gold Club Tavern menu
Cost: $10 + cost of your meal


Reservations to: 

Irina Baldytcheva by Wednesday, May 20, 2009.
Phone: 302-885-9136
Email: Irina Baldytcheva.

Please note: Be sure to RSVP by this date.

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