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Arlan Richardson of Oklahoma City received his bachelor’s degree from Peru State College in Nebraska and his doctoral degree in chemistry from OSU. He currently serves as a senior research career scientist at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, as well as an adjunct professor for OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.


As a leading authority on the effects and process of aging, Richardson also is the director of the Oklahoma Nathan Shock Center on Aging and the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair of Aging Research Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


John Gustafson, department head for OSU’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, nominated Richardson and emphasized his strong connection to the department by the establishment and continued funding of the Dr. Arlan Richardson Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate and Graduate Research Scholars Endowment fund.


“Professor Richardson has become a quintessential example of an OSU science graduate program success,” Gustafson wrote in the nomination packet. “He is richly deserving of recognition as a Champion, as he has consistently brought accolades back to our department and Division and actively supports our department’s multiple missions.”

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