MARIETTA, OHIO (10/26/2017) Earl Homsher '64 of Los Angeles, California, was named the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus during Marietta College's homecoming festivities from Oct. 19-22.
Homsher, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh after Marietta, is a Professor Emeritus of Physiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
He specialized in regulation of contraction, single motor molecule force displacement measurements, the molecular biology of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, single myofibril mechanics and kinetics, in vitro motility, single molecule force measurements and transient kinetics of non- muscle myosin IIB and myosin 18.
During his career, Homsher received multiple National Institute of Health (NIH) grants, has published several of his research projects and is among the most respected scientists in his field.
Homsher, who is married to Dianne Smith '65, received a Bachelor of Science degree while earning Phi Beta Kappa honors.
Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy begun in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,200 full-time students. The College offers 45 majors and has been listed among Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Peterson's Competitive Colleges, and has been recognized as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation's best by Forbes.com.