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March 3, 2003

Nationally Recognized Chemist Will Lecture March 10-11

Jacqueline K. Barton, professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (CIT), will lecture on the topics of DNA and chemistry March 10-11 at the University of Iowa as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Her free, public lecture, “The DNA Double Helix: A Different Perspective," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 10 in the Iowa Memorial Union, 3rd Floor Richey Ballroom. A reception will follow the lecture.

She is also scheduled to speak at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 in Room 321, Chemistry Building on "DNA Charge Transport Chemistry and Biology." In addition, she will speak at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11 in Room 314, Chemistry Building on “Targeting DNA Sites with Metal Complexes.”

Barton, the Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry at CIT, pioneered the application of transition metal complexes as tools to probe recognition and reactions of double helical DNA. She designed octahedral metal complexes, useful in studying nucleic acids, developing new diagnostic tools, and helping design novel drugs and biosensors. She is a recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1991), and she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991) and the American Philosophical Society (1999). In 2002, she was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Her other numerous awards include the Alan T. Waterman Award of the National Science Foundation (1985), awarded to the outstanding young scientist in the United States; the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Pure Chemistry (1988); Fellow, Sloan Foundation; Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar; and NSF Presidential Young Investigator.

Her visit is sponsored by the department of chemistry, with support from the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing, the Women in Science and Engineering Program, the Iowa ACS Women Chemists Committee and the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professor Program.

Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her family 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.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the department of chemistry in advance at 335-1351.

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