The Karle Symposium has been known by two other names since its inception in 2003.
From 2008 to 2014, the symposium was known as the Vaughan Symposium. This event was in honor of Victor Clarence Vaughan (1851-1929), one of the first students to graduate from University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Vaughan graduated in 1876, and his dissertation is entitled “Quantitative Separation of Arsenic From Each of The Metals Precipitated by Hydrogen-Sulphide in Acid Solution.” Dr. Vaughan also earned a M.D. from the University of Michigan in 1878 and later served as dean of the Medical School from 1891 to 1921. Additionally, he taught physiological and pathological chemistry, hygiene, bacteriology, and therapeutics at the University of Michigan, among other subjects, and served as the president of the American Medical Association from 1914 to 1915.
This symposium was originally known as Perspectives on Chemistry Research at the University of Michigan (PECRUM). The PECRUM symposia were held in 2003 and 2005.