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Nobel Laureate to give UI Ida Beam Lectures April 20-21

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Susumu Tonegawa, Nobel laureate in physiology and medicine, will lecture at the University of Iowa as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor April 20-21.

His free, public lecture, titled "Genetic Origins of Antibody Diversity," will be given at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 21 in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall.

A scientific lecture, "A Combined Genetic, Physiological and Behavioral Approach to Learning and Memory," will be presented at 4 p.m., Monday, April 20 in Room 201 of the Biology Building.

Tonegawa is the director of the Center for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in the field of immunobiology, specifically for study and identification of the genetic mechanism responsible for producing antibody diversity in the body's defense system. He has made major contributions to the study of biological mechanisms of learning and memory.

His visit is being sponsored by the Genetics Ph.D. Program and the Ida Beam Visiting Professor Program. 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 the farm, the UI established a fund to bring a variety of top scholars to the university for lectures and discussions.

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