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BRIT Opens Advanced Molecular and Structural Lab

New state-of-the-art facility will be a plant research and teaching center for Texas universities and public school programs FORT WORTH, Texas (December 6, 2018) Doors opened today for the new Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) George C. and Sue W. Sumner Molecular and Structural Laboratory, adding unique dimension and depth to research education programs in plant systematics, or the biological classification of plants. T he facility will house advanced molecular-level tools allowing BRIT’s plant scientists to conduct research and train the next generation of botanists who will answer fundamental questions about plant diversity and help solve environmental challenges. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony with remarks from local leaders marked today’s occasion just months after an...
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BRIT® Announces Christie Eckler As Its New Vice President for Advancement

Ms. Eckler comes to BRIT after development posts at UTA’s College of Science and Samaritan House FORT WORTH, Texas – The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) announce Christie Eckler as its new Vice President for Advancement. Ms. Eckler brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to BRIT’s newly named Advancement Department, where she will oversee development, fundraising, membership, and marketing programs and help to guide the Institute into its next phase of growth. Most recently, Ms. Eckler served as Development Director for UTA’s College of Science. Prior to her foray into the university setting, Ms. Eckler demonstrated great success in the philanthropic side of social service. In the last ten years, she has raised more than $20 million federally and privat...
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