Julie grew up in Scott Township, Pittsburgh and graduated from Chartiers Valley High School (1990). She received a BS in Chemistry from Washington & Jefferson College (1994), and a MS from WVU in exercise physiology (1995). She was enthusiastically working toward a PhD in the Department of Physiology when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and died 10 months later at the age of 24. Julie was a vigorous athlete and former gymnast. She loved to sing, play piano, and had a great smile. Her personality was boisterous, strong-willed, and focused. She was kind-hearted, religious, a loyal friend, fun, and had the great ability to laugh at herself. During her illness, she refused to give up the keys to the department as that was her sign that someday she might return to work with Dr. Chris Baylis, Dr. Matt Boeglehold, and the students she loved. We hold this symposium in her honor and memory.
* We are very excited and honored to have Julie’s Mother, Jean Betschart Roemer and Julie's former mentor, Dr. Chris Baylis with us for this symposium.