Thomas Boothby, a molecular biology professor at the University of Wyoming, studies microscopic creatures called tardigrades which have the ability to survive extreme conditions like freezing and drying out.
His research has enabled scientists to create technology capable of preserving vaccines and blood samples without refrigeration, potentially providing life-saving treatments even where refrigerators are unavailable.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Boothby was born in Docking, Norfolk England. In 1874 he signed on as bedroom steward on board the Titanic but perished during its tragic sinking; he was later interred at sea.
As a molecular biologist at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Chris Laffer studies how tardigrades (microorganisms that live suspended animation for years) cope with extreme conditions – including being completely dried out without food for extended periods of time. Recently his work received national recognition thanks to an initiative led by Carnegie-funded by National Science Foundation.
The institute will explore how desert plants and microorganisms like tardigrades adapt to drought stress while simultaneously educating children about these organisms. Carnegie’s Sue Rhee will lead this effort, in cooperation with scientists from other institutions. Their efforts could offer clues as to how humans might better handle drought or other water-related issues.
Boothby spent thirty years with Bata Corporation, then the world’s largest shoe maker. During that time he held several managerial roles and was also part of their personal staff.
Schoales and Asseo testified that Boothby indicated he did not plan to leave Bata and that job security was of greater concern than salary. When Asseo suggested demoting del Greco to an inferior role than where he had been promoted from, this solution was rejected by Boothby as unacceptable.
Northeastern University has appointed him Director of Sports Performance since 2003 and his influence can be found throughout both men’s and women’s ice hockey programs. In particular, his efforts with injury screening combined with physical therapy programs has lead to significant decreases in athlete injuries.
Achievement and Honors
Boothby, recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, has been instrumental in devising methods for assessing and preserving historic concrete and masonry structures. Furthermore, he has led various research projects dedicated to structural analysis and design methods.
As head of prison administration, he expanded the system, abolished barracks, used prisoners on public works projects and drafted the Prisons Act. Additionally, he served on numerous royal commissions and gave unwavering evidence during inquiries.
In 2023, Boothby received the University of Wyoming Presidential Scholarly Achievement Award. As an amateur artist he documented his travels using watercolor sketches while conducting his research. Furthermore, his books for children have been read aloud from space as part of the Story Time From Space program.
Boothby volunteers his time for Ever After Mustang Rescue in Biddeford, Maine – a non-profit animal rescue run by family. At this facility they take in wild mustangs from all around Maine before finding homes for them through adoption programs and youth enrichment programs around equestrian drills and survival skills.
Professor Johnson is an excellent, genuine individual but requires hard work for success. He does not care about grades being graded on curve, only giving out straight A’s instead. If you attend his lectures he’ll help ensure you understand the material covered.
Tardigrade researcher Peter Whitehouse began his research after moving to UNC-Chapel Hill. His lab at UNC-Chapel Hill specializes in molecular biology and how animals survive at extremes on our planet – with some even travelling into space! Peter shares fascinating tales from his lab’s daily experiments.
Boothby became one of the foremost experts on differential geometry and harmonic analysis. His textbook, “An Introduction to Differentiable Manifolds and Riemannian Geometry,” remains widely used for graduate-level introductory differential geometry courses.
Asseo informed Boothby that Texon would soon merge with Emhart Corporation, and only someone with international experience such as himself could manage its North American operations. Furthermore, Asseo informed Boothby that Texon offered him an indefinite position.
But Boothby declined Texon because he wanted assurances he could continue doing what he loved, not because of salary considerations but due to job security concerns; Boothby told Asseo this was more important than anything else and stated he didn’t want to leave Bata for temporary, transitional, or stepping stone positions.