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Dartmouth Commencement 2004

Posted 06/13/04

Honorary degree citation to Janet D. Rowley (Doctor of Science)
Janet D. Rowley
Janet D. Rowley

Named "Chicagoan of the Year" in 1999, you have done much to bring glory to the Windy City. You started at the University of Chicago at the age of fifteen. Eight years later you graduated with an M.D. In the early years of your career, while your children grew up, you chose to work at home. Indeed, you made your first important medical discovery at the dining room table. Today you remain at the University of Chicago Medical Center where you are its Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and of Molecular and Cell Biology.

To our good fortune, Chicago has shared you with the world. You are internationally renowned for your work on leukemias and lymphomas. Through your bench-to-bedside translational approach to medicine, you have revolutionized cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment. Your most important work has been on the discovery of chromosomal translocations, for which you received the Lasker Clinical Research Award in 1998 and the National Medal of Science in 1999.

You serve as a member of President George W. Bush's Council on Bioethics, where your wisdom and deep scientific understanding provide critical perspectives on issues of deep complexity and fundamental importance. Dartmouth is pleased to honor you with the degree Doctor of Science.

- James Wright

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