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August 22, 2003

Distinguished biologist to speak on genomics at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Leroy Hood, recognized as one of the world's leading scientists in molecular biotechnology and genomics, will speak at Purdue University at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 in Loeb Playhouse.

Hood's presentation, "The Human Genome: The Next Generation," is part of the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture Series. The talk is aimed at the general public, and is geared toward anyone interested in genomics, which is thought to be one of the great frontiers of contemporary science.

"The Human Genome Project has deciphered the digital code of life – the essence of human heredity," Hood said. "This accomplishment has profoundly changed the practice of biology and opened the way for a profound transformation of medicine, moving us toward predictive and preventive practices. I will discuss the Human Genome Project and its wide-reaching implications for science, medicine and society."

The presentation is free and open to the public. A reception for Hood will follow the lecture.

Dr. Hood is president and director of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. He received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 and a doctorate in biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1968. He holds several patents and awards for his scientific breakthroughs and prides himself on his lifelong commitment to making science accessible and understandable to the general public, especially children. One of his foremost goals is bringing hands-on, inquiry-based science to K-12 classrooms. Hood is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has had successful careers in both business and academia.

Co-sponsors for Hood's lecture are Sigma Xi and the biology and chemistry departments.

Sigma Xi is a global science and engineering scholarly society that brings together scientists from across disciplines to exchange ideas.

The final Sigma Chi lecture is scheduled for Sept. 19. Mildred Dresselhaus, professor of physics and electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present "Perspectives on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology" at 3:45 p.m. in Fowler Hall. Dresselhaus is known for her pioneering work on new materials and contributing to research in carbon nanotubes, bismuth nanowires and low dimensional thermoelectricity. Sigma Xi, the provost's office and the physics department are sponsoring the Dresselhaus lecture.

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