Professor Linda Slakey is a graduate of Siena Heights College (B.S. in Chemistry), and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. in Biochemistry.) She did postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Slakey was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1973. She was Head of the Department from 1986 until 1991, and Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) from 1993 until 2000. In September of 2000, she was appointed Dean of Commonwealth College, the honors college of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Her scientific work focused on lipid metabolism and vascular biology, and was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the National Science Foundation. As Dean of NSM and of Commonwealth College she was active in supporting teaching and learning initiatives throughout the University. She joined the National Science Foundation in November of 2006 as Director of the Division of Undergraduate Education.
Please address your thank you letter to Dean Slakey.