CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
World-renowned biologist to give UI Ida Beam Lectures Nov. 18-19
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Sir John B. Gurdon, one of the world's foremost cell
biologists, will deliver a general public lecture, "Redirection of
cell fate: from clones to signals," as a University of Iowa Ida Beam
Distinguished Visiting Professor at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Room
W10 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by
an 8 p.m. reception in the Iowa-Illinois Tower Room of the Pappajohn Building.
He will also deliver a specialized lecture, "Long range signaling
and interpretation of a morphogen gradient in Xenopus development,"
at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Room 201 of the Biology Building. The
lecture will be preceded by refreshments at 3:30 p.m. in Room 203 of the
Sir John, of Cambridge University, England, is a Fellow of the Royal
Society of London and a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy
of Sciences. He presently is Master of Cambridge's Magdalene College,
John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Cell Biology, chairman of the Wellcome
Trust Institute of Cancer and Developmental Biology, and governor of the
Wellcome Trust. He was a pioneer in nuclear transplantation studies and
is now studying the molecular biology of inductive events leading to mesoderm
development and the general mechanisms driving pattern formation and embryogenesis.
His insights into the mechanisms of induction and early embryogenesis
are unparalleled. His extensive list of honors and awards includes being
dubbed Knight Bachelor in 1995.
He received his undergraduate degree in zoology in 1956 and his doctorate
in embryology in 1960, both from Oxford University, and served as a research
fellow at the California Institute of Technology and at Oxford before joining
the Cambridge faculty.
The lectures are sponsored by the department of biological sciences.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI sponsored
events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order
to participate in the program should contact the department of biological
sciences at 335-1050.