NSM Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From the Office of the Dean

Two Distinguished NSM Faculty Gain Emeritus Status

George Fox, Biology & Biochemistry

Dr. George Fox came to UH in 1977. He has held the position of Professor of Biology & Biochemistry since 1986 and earned a Moores Professorship in 2006. He has served his Department, College, and University at many levels throughout his career, including as Department Chair and Vice Chair, as Director of the Institute for Molecular Biology, on the College Governance Committee, and on the University Faculty Senate. He is an elected Fellow of the International Astrobiology Society, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Microbiology. Dr. Fox has served on the editorial board for Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere and Endocytobiosis and Cell Research and as an associate editor for the prestigious Journal of Molecular Evolution. During his career, he has published an impressive 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts and been awarded five patents. As a testimony to his excellence, he received UH’s Esther Farfel Award in 2016.

Russell Geanangel, Chemistry

Dr. Russell Geanangel came to UH in 1968 and has held the position of Professor of Chemistry since 1979. For much of his career, his research was focused on the molecular inorganic and inorgano-metallic compounds. This research path led to over 75 scholarly publications and two patents. His research was supported by external grants from the Research Corporation, the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Over the years, he has mentored 22 graduate and undergraduate students. For much of his career, Dr. Geanangel taught freshman chemistry and earned a reputation as an excellent, dedicated, and caring instructor. In 1987, he was awarded the UH Teaching Excellence Award. In recent years, he has focused his efforts toward student success issues including the development of pedagogical tools to enhance learning in entry-level chemistry classes.