Friday, May 10, 2013


Today, my wife Shirley and I will attend the graduation of our daughter Kathy from Vanderbilt University. She is getting her undergraduate degree, with a double major in biology and history.

Kathy spent part of her time in college working with John Wikswo in the Department of Physics. As regular readers of this blog may know, Wikswo was my PhD advisor when I was a graduate student at Vanderbilt in the 1980s. Russ Hobbie and I often cite Wikswo’s work in the 4th edition of Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology, for his contributions to both cardiac electrophysiology and biomagnetism. You can see a picture of Kathy and John in an article about undergraduate research in “Arts and Science,” the magazine of Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science. Interestingly, there are now publications out there with “Roth and Wikswo” among the authors that I had nothing to do with; for example, see poster A53 at the 6th q-bio conference (Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2012). You can watch and listen to Wikswo give his TEDxNashville talk here. Kathy also worked with Todd Graham of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt. This fall, she plans to attend graduate school studying biology at Michigan State University.

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