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Of Note: Symposium this Friday to celebrate the life of David Schauer

David Schauer
David Schauer

The Department of Biological Engineering will hold a symposium this Friday, Oct. 30, in honor of Professor David Schauer, who died in June. The symposium, "Gut Microbes and Cancer - A Pioneer's Passion," will celebrate Schauer's professional life, with a focus on microbial disease.

Schauer researched the development of bacterial diseases, with a particular focus on understanding how bacterial infection in the gastrointestinal tract leads to conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis and cancer. Schauer, a professor of biological engineering and comparative medicine, had been a member of the MIT faculty for 16 years when he died June 7, 2009, at the age of 48.

Schauer was widely respected for his clear and calm approach to problem solving, both in and out of the lab, and was highly rated as a teacher. The symposium will be held in Killian Hall (14W-111), from 1 to 5 p.m. A reception will follow at 5 p.m.

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