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Columbia University biologist to lecture at UI Feb. 3-4

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Darcy B. Kelley, professor of biology and director of the program in neurobiology and behavior at Columbia University, will visit the University of Iowa Feb. 3-4 under the auspices of The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program.

Kelley will present a public seminar, "The Molecular Alphabet for Sexual Differentiation," at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3 in Room 201, Biology Building, and a public lecture, "Generating Male and Female Brains," at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Room 225, Chemistry Building. Both the seminar and the lecture are free and open to the public. Kelley's research and writing interests focus on the basis of differences between the sexes from molecular or mechanistic and evolutionary viewpoints.

Additional events scheduled to be held during her visit include: meetings with Phi Beta Kappa, biology, and Honors students; a luncheon with members of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE); and a meeting with a neurobiology class.

Kelley, a member of the Columbia faculty since 1982, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Society for Developmental Biology. She has won numerous awards from the National Institutes of Health, including the Research Career Development Award and the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award (twice). Kelley was chosen 1995 Special Lecturer by the Society for Neuroscience and, since 1986, has served as editor of Journal of Neurobiology. She is currently a trustee of the Marine Biological Laboratory and served as director of the laboratory's Neural Systems and Behavior Course from 1985 to 1989.

Kelley received her bachelor's degree and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College in 1970 and received her doctorate from Rockefeller University in 1978. Her visit is being sponsored by the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the UI department of biological sciences. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Laird Addis, professor of philosophy and advisor to Phi Beta Kappa, at 335-0021 or