New AIDS lab opened September 16

Donna Paulnock and David Watkins

Dr. Donna Paulnock, associate dean of the Graduate School, and Dr. David Watkins cut the ribbon outside the new University of Wisconsin-Madison AIDS Vaccine Research Lab. (Photo by J. Lenon)

September 16, 2005

September has been a busy month for David Watkins, professor of pathology. Dr. Watkins hosted a symposium at the UW Biotechnology Center, "HIV Vaccine Development: Challenges and Opportunities", to mark the opening of the new University of Wisconsin AIDS Vaccine Research Laboratory on Sept. 16. Invited speakers included internationally renowned AIDS researchers Dennis Burton, Scripps Research Institute; Ronald Desrosiers, Harvard Medical School and New England Primate Research Center; Ashley Haase, University of Minnesota, and Bruce Walker, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Following the symposium was the lab's opening ceremony at UW-Madison's Research Park.

On Sept. 13, Dr. Watkins also taught his first class of "HIV: Sex, Society and Science," a new undergraduate level course in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. The course, which illustrates the key role science can play in solving one of society's greatest ills, filled quickly during registration.