March 27, 2006, 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Richard D. Berlin, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, was an accomplished scholar and medical researcher with a boundless intellectual curiosity and joy of learning. He was a passionate student of life, forever surrounded by books, projects and experiments.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Richard Berlin was an exceptionally important member of the UConn Health Center faculty who contributed in so many ways as a consummate scientist, educator and administrator to the growth, development and continued well being of the educational and research enterprises of the UConn Health Center and its schools. His intelligence, skills, professionalism, wisdom and equanimity made him an inspirational role model who had an enduring influence on us all.
Dr. Berlin's in-depth appreciation of both basic and clinical science was pivotal to the creation of several dynamic programs at the Health Center. He was internationally recognized for his many contributions to the understanding of the function of cell membranes and the cytoskeleton, and for his innovations in the use of microscopy. In 1976 he published the first paper on the application of fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) to cell biology, an approach that is now utilized in thousands of studies each year.
The Richard D. Berlin Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling and the Richard D. Berlin Lectureship in Cell Biology are being dedicated to commemorate Dr. Berlin's achievements in basic biomedical science and the contributions he has made to all those who have and will build upon his vision.
Peter J. Deckers, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean of the UConn School of Medicine
Murray-Heilig Chair in Surgery
Philip E. Austin
President of the University of Connecticut
Leslie M. Loew, Ph.D.
Director, Richard D. Berlin Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling
Professor of Cell Biology
Joan M. Caron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cell Biology
Frank Solomon, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2006 Richard D. Berlin Lecturer