DC Alpha Pi Day Event, Alexander Hollaender Award, & SDSU 46 Years (March 2019)

March is Tau Beta Pi Day month and some collegiate chapters have already hosted events. The DC Alpha Chapter at Howard University realized that TBPi Day would occur during spring break so they decided to celebrate early. With motivation from TBP Distinguished Alum (2018) Aprille J. Ericsson, Ph.D. (DC A ’86), who challenged the chapter officers to be creative.

The image above was taken from the celebration in which there were pi-themed ice breakers and plenty of pie eating. In addition, chapter members led by VP Melissa A. Douglas, DC A 2020, used the opportunity to tell potential recruits about our organization and the multitude of benefits associated with being a member. Congratulations on an awesome Tau Beta Pi Day event! Click here for the list of nearly 40 known Association events for TBPi Day.


Randy L. Jirtle, Ph.D. (WI A ’70), is the 2019 Alexander Hollaender Award recipient. Dr. Jirtle is a professor of Epigenetics at North Carolina State University and a senior scientist at McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

He was recognized for the “discovery that the environment can influence inheritance of phenotypic traits through epigenetic reprogramming representing one of the most important scientific advances of the 21st century.” According to the announcement, Dr. Jirtle will deliver the Alexander Hollaender Award plenary lecture at the EMGS Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 21, 2019.


The Association would like to wish a Happy 46th Birthday to the CA Xi Chapter at San Diego State University. The chapter was founded on March 4th, 1973.

The chapter posted this message on their Instagram account: “We are so grateful for the academic excellence and integrity instilled in our chapter by the many faculty members, advisors, officers, and members that have made our club possible over these past decades. Here’s to 46 more amazing years!”


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