Former National Academy of Sciences president to speak

October 10 2006

Indiana State University's Department of Life Sciences presents a program by Bruce Alberts, former president of the National Academy of Sciences, at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 in the ISU Science Building, Room 012.

Alberts, professor and chair of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, will speak on "The Joys of Science and How They Led Me to Science Policy." Light refreshments will be served immediately following the program. The event is free and open to the public.

A respected biochemist, Alberts served two terms as the academy's president, ending in 2005. He is particularly noted for his extensive study of the protein complexes that allow chromosomes to be replicated - a process required for a living cell to divide. He has spent his career making significant contributions to life sciences, serving in different capacities on a number of prestigious advisory and editorial boards, including as chair of the Commission on Life Sciences, National Research Council.

Alberts has long been committed to the improvement of science education, dedicating much of his time to educational projects such as City Science, a program seeking to improve science teaching in San Francisco elementary schools. He has served on the advisory board of the National Science Resources Center - a joint project of the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution working with teachers, scientists, and school systems to improve the teaching of science - as well as on the National Academy of Sciences' National Committee on Science Education Standards and Assessment.

In 1980, Alberts was awarded an American Cancer Society Lifetime Research Professorship. He is one of the original authors of "The Molecular Biology of the Cell," considered the leading textbook of its kind and used widely in U.S. colleges and universities. His most recent text, "Essential Cell Biology" (1998), is intended to approach this subject matter for a wider audience.

Co-sponsors of Albert's appearance in Terre Haute are the ISU departments of chemistry, ecology and organismal biology, and physics; the College of Arts And Sciences; Office of Sponsored Programs; St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the Indiana University School of Medicine-Terre Haute.

Contact: Swapan Ghosh, professor and interim chair, Department of Life Sciences, Indiana State University,(812)237-2416 or lsghosh@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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Bruce Alberts, professor and chair of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and former two-term president of the National Academuy of Sciences, will speak at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 in the ISU Science Building, Room 012. Alberts will discuss "The Joys of Science and How They Led Me to Science Policy."

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