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Structural Biology Center Named for Former Chancellor Del Shankel

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Structural Biology Center at The University of Kansas has been named for Del Shankel, chancellor emeritus and professor emeritus of microbiology, in honor of his 50 years of leadership, teaching, scholarship and service to the university. The ceremony officially naming the building in his honor was held on April 15, 2010

The Kansas Board of Regents in December 2009 approved naming the $22.2 million, 44,000-square-foot building the Delbert M. Shankel Structural Biology Center. The Structural Biology Center houses the Core Laboratories for the KU NIH COBRE in Protein Structure and Function, which are the Protein Production Group Core Laboratory, the Protein Structure Core Laboratory and the BioMolecular NMR Core Laboratory. The facility, which is a hub for scientific research on KU's expanding west campus, will be a lasting tribute to Dr. Shankel's dedication to the sciences, mentorship to students and leadership.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said the naming of the Structural Biology Center for Shankel is a fitting tribute to his dedication to the sciences, mentorship to students and leadership.

“Honoring Chancellor Shankel by placing his name upon a facility at the center of KU’s growing research effort will be a reminder for years to come of his service to the university and state,” she said. “Throughout his academic and administrative career, Del has remained devoted to his scientific discipline of microbiology. He maintained an active laboratory program and advised countless master’s and doctoral students. He is the consummate university professor, fostering interdisciplinary communication and confluence whenever he could."

Shankel photo

  • Shankel began his career at The University of Kansas as assistant professor of microbiology in 1959.
  • He served as acting chancellor from 1980-1981.
  • He then was Chancellor from 1994-1995.
  • He also served as chair of the former Department of Microbiology, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, executive vice chancellor, interim director of intercollegiate athletics, and acting vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Read more in the KU News Release here.