Brian Baker Appointed Chair of the Naughton Fellowship Committee

Brian Baker 1Professor Brian Baker

Brian Baker, the Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Structural Biology and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been appointed Chair of the Naughton Fellowship Committee. The Naughton Fellowships allow students with a background in, or aptitude for, STEM fields to experience international research and educational opportunities through a funded exchange program between the University of Notre Dame and some of Ireland’s leading research universities.

Speaking about his new appointment, Baker said, “It is an honor to work with such a dedicated group of supporters and students. I look forward to serving on the committee and seeing the Naughton Fellowship program continue to strengthen.”

Previous Naughton Fellowship Committee Chairs include Richard Taylor, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and James L. Merz, the Frank M. Freimann Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering.

About the Naughton Fellowships

Founded in 2008 with an $8 million gift from the Naughton Family, the Naughton Fellowship program facilitates broad cross-cultural training for exceptional students with leadership potential in select fields, stimulates collaborative research among the engineers and scientists who train these students, and forges deeper and stronger ties between Ireland and the United States.

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Originally published by Joanne Fahey at on February 07, 2017.