Pat Singer, a professor of biology at Simpson College, has been appointed as the College’s George Washington Carver Chair in Natural Sciences.
The appointment, effectively immediately, was approved by Simpson President Jay Simmons and is for a three-year term.
A named chair at Simpson is awarded to faculty members with significant experience and reputation. Singer started at Simpson in 1982, and has been Division Head of Natural Science since 2007.
“Having been named the chair was a surprise and certainly an unnecessary honor,” Singer said. “Being able to teach molecular biology and teach it with the integrity that I think it deserves is an honor in itself. The ability to transform molecular events of a cell into a science that is relevant in our world requires seeing trees and forests simultaneously. As a teacher of science and as a member of a liberal arts community, I get to see the world with that kind of double vision. That has been my fortune.”
The George Washington Carver Chair in Natural Sciences is made possible by the generous gift of the Kresge Foundation in 1957.
Carver, the noted scientist, botanist, educator and inventor, began his college career at Simpson in 1890.