WRITER: JENNIFER DUFF
CONTACT: STEVE MARAVETZ
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
Archeologist named Ida Beam visiting professor
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Stephen O'Brien, an acknowledged authority of
evolutionary relationships, has been selected for the 1998 Ida Beam Distinguished
Visiting Professorship at the University of Iowa.
O'Brien, chief of the laboratory of genomic diversity and head of the
section of genetics of the National Cancer Institute with the National
Institutes of Health, will present a public lecture, "Adapting Genes
and Genomes: Lessons from Big Cats," on Wednesday, April 15 in the
Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. A reception in the North Room
will follow the lecture. The events are free and open to the public.
O'Brien, a fellow of the Explorer's Club and the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences, is a genome archeologist and is known for his work on
the analysis of the genome studying evolutionary relationships. Among his
significant contributions is his work in helping us understand how to use
tools of molecular biology and genomics in exploring the relationships
between past and present animal species. He has extensively studied the
genomes of the giant panda, the cat family and the human.
Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her farm to the UI Foundation in
1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from
the College of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of her farm, the UI
established a fund to bring top scholars in a variety of disciplines to
the university for lectures and discussions.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University
of Iowa events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation
in order to participate, please contact Dr. Micheal Apicella at (319) 335-7807.