Hackert named associate dean of graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Marvin Hackert, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been appointed associate dean of graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

Hackert fills a position vacated when Dr. John Dollard was named vice provost for forecasting, institutional research and modeling in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

In the Office of Graduate Studies, Hackert will be responsible for the Graduate School’s fellowship programs for graduate students. He also will be in charge of administering the Faculty Development Program, which is part of the research program of the university. The program provides semester leaves for tenured faculty members and summer session leaves for tenure track assistant professors. In addition, he will coordinate the Faculty Travel Grants Awards that support faculty members at the university who plan to present their research or creative effort at a conference or professional meeting.

“We are very excited to have Marv join the Graduate School,” said Dr. Victoria Rodriguez, vice provost and dean of graduate studies. “His extensive experience in graduate education and university administration will be a great asset to our office and the university. I expect that the transition will be virtually seamless.”

Hackert received his doctor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1970 and holds the William Shive Centennial Professorship in Biochemistry. In addition to his research and teaching in biochemistry and structural molecular biology, he has been chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (1995-2000) and director of the Biochemical Institute (1997-present). Hackert also is a past graduate adviser (1990-95), chair of the Graduate Assembly (1991) and chair of the Faculty Council (2003-04).

“I am very pleased to join Victoria Rodriguez and the staff in the Office of Graduate Studies,” Hackert said. “John Dollard and the staff have been exceptionally helpful in making the transition go smoothly. I have a lot to learn, but look forward in serving the university in this new capacity.”

Hackert will continue to teach and direct his research group in structural biology where he and his graduate students are studying proteins that regulate polyamine biosynthesis and conducting research on the evolution of enzymatic activities and a variety of structures exhibited by members of the tautomerase superfamily of proteins.

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