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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 Biology Building.

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.