Harvard Medical School chief, USU alumnus to speak

Lolly BowlerNews

Utah State University’s College of Science will host a USU alumnus turned Harvard University Medical School official to talk to students and answer questions in what could be an ongoing series.

Willy Lensch, chief of staff at the medical school, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130 of the Eccles Science Learning Center for “Snack Chat: A Moment of Science.” Lensch graduated from USU in 1991. The event is part of the Utah State University Student Association’s “Week of Welcome” activities.

Travis Dowdle, a USU student and senator for the College of Science, said he hopes students will come away inspired from Lensch’s talk.

“I want them to have somebody in their minds, like this figure of success, which is Dr. Lensch — coming from humble beginnings and then literally being a titan in your field later in your life,” Dowdle said. “If students can come away and they can envision themselves and see themselves being that person, then we’ve succeeded.”

As chief of staff, Lensch is dean of the faculty at Harvard Medical School. He also leads two of the school initiatives — the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program.

In an email to The Herald Journal, Lensch said he will discuss his career path, decisions he’s made in his professional life and “how it integrates into my personal life.”

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