Austen Riggs - Adventures in Hemoglobin Research
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Dear Friends:

Believe it or not, Austen Fox Riggs II will be celebrating his 80th birthday November 11th of this year.  As former students and colleagues, we are organizing this event, RiggsFest, to honor Austen's contributions to science and to celebrate his birthday.  It will be held in Austin, Texas on November 12-14 at the UT campus. 

At this website you will find information about the Friday evening reception at the UT Club, a mini-symposium on Saturday in the ACES Auditorium , and a celebration banquet on Saturday evening.  You can also find maps for City of Austin and UT campus, driving directions, information for lodging, dining and local attractions.  Guests are encouraged to stay at the DoubleTree Suites Hotel near the UT campus and the site of the Saturday evening banquet.  Mention UT-RiggsFest for special rates (see Housing).

The theme of our scientific sessions is "Austen Riggs - Adventures in Hemoglobin Research".   Eight speakers will represent all the colleagues and students who have been closely related to Austen during his career (see program).   Two distinguished guests and some former students will also speak at the banquet, and a plaque will be presented to Austen to commemorate this occasion.  A booklet including all the Abstracts as well as brief (one-page) biographic sketch from former students and trainees of Austen will be published.  Please write about your current work status and share your stories about Austen during your stay in his lab.  Please send it as a single electronic file, preferentially Word or PDF attachment, to Kim Bannister ( ), the assistant to Thomas Baldwin, by October 23rd.  (see Photos / Stories). 

Please register here to attend this special event and to unite and reunite with other members of the Riggs clan.  There is a minimal fee to cover the food and room rental.  To benefit the scientific community, all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at UT are invited to attend the scientific sessions on Saturday free-of-charge, while the registration is still required. 

Many thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in Austin this coming fall.

On behalf of the organizing committee (Tom Baldwin, Hao Zhu, Marv Hackert, Jennifer Riggs and Karen Haschke),

Thomas Baldwin                            

Department of Biochemistry              

University of Arizona

Hao Zhu

Hematology Division

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Contact Marvin Hackert at for questions about local arrangements or to report problems or corrections to this website.