Dr. Al Padwa, William P. Timmie Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, gave a lunch colloquium as part of an Emeritus College lunch series on Monday, June 18th. The colloquium, “Keeping Up with the Latest on Big Pharma, Drug Costs, and the Salutary Story of Cialis.” explored the history of the drug Cialis, including its unexpected “side effect” as a treatment for erectile disfunction and his own role as an expert witness following a legal challenge related to the drug’s patent from university researchers at Vanderbilt.
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Al Padwa established a lectureship, The Al Padwa Lecturer Fund, through a generous gift to the “MyEmory” campaign. Prof. Padwa joined the department as Timmie Professor in 1979. Explaining his decision to start the fund to MyEmory News, Prof. Padwa said: “The fronters of science are not just being challenged here at Emory. It is important for students to be able to see people from elsewhere and to pick up the enthusiasm and passion of very motivating speakers. I can’t think of a better way to reach out to new generations of students.”
Al Padwa was awarded a Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Fellowship. Fellowships to emeritus faculty in the Arts and Sciences are funded by a generous contribution from the family of Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Alfred B. Heilbrun Jr. Each fellowship, administered by the College, carries a stipend of $10,000. An annual reception for the current and the previous years’ fellows provides the opportunity to acknowledge fellowship recipients’ continuing research and scholarship beyond retirement. The fellowship generally begins at the start of each academic year.