March 8, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 10



Graduate Student Association Annual Research Forum

The Graduate Student Association Annual Research Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, at the Pestana Lecture Hall, room 3.104A. The topic for 2002 is "Scientific Crossroads: The Ripple Effect of Great Science." Opening remarks begin at 1 p.m., and research posters can be viewed all day in the Medical School Lecture Foyer.

This year's keynote speaker is Oliver Smithies, Ph.D., Excellence Professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill.

Dr. Smithies is a joint recipient of the 2001 Lasker Award for his pioneering work in using mouse embryonic stem cells to create "knockout mice" as animal models of human disease. Shortly after receiving his doctorate in biochemistry at Oxford University, England, he invented high-resolution gel electrophoresis — one of the major break-throughs in genetic research. He is known for his dedication to knowledge and advancing the goals of science as well as his creativity, compassion and inspiration to students and peers.

Also contributing to the research forum are Health Science Center Drs. Susan L. Naylor, department of cellular and structural biology, whose topic is "Genomic and Proteomic Revolution," and Richard F. Ludueña, department of biochemistry, whose topic is "Scientific Freedom: A Historical Perspective."