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NAS President Alberts To Give Barmes Lecture, Nov. 3

Dr. Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences, will give the annual David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on the topic "Spreading Science Throughout the World: How, Why and When?" on Monday, Nov. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Alberts will focus on the idea that scientists must play a larger role in national and international affairs for the benefit of the estimated 9 billion people who will inhabit Earth by 2050. This expanded role, he says, will require both more effective institutions and a change in scientists' attitudes and responsibilities.

Alberts is a biochemist recognized for his work in both biochemistry and molecular biology. He is known particularly for his molecular analyses of protein complexes that allow chromosomes to be replicated. In addition to serving as NAS president, he is chairman of the National Research Council, the principal operating arm of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering. He is also co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, a new global advisory group in Amsterdam that is governed by the science academy presidents from 15 nations.


Dr. Bruce Alberts
A native of Chicago, he earned an undergraduate degree and a doctorate from Harvard University and then joined the faculty of Princeton University in 1966. Ten years later, he was appointed professor and vice chair of the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the medical school of the University of California, San Francisco, and in 1985 became chairman of the department.

Alberts is committed to the improvement of science education; while living in San Francisco he helped create City Science, a program seeking to improve science education in the city's elementary schools. He also served on the advisory board of the National Science Resources Center, a joint project of the NAS and the Smithsonian Institution that unites teachers and scientists to improve the teaching of science.

He is one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, now in its fourth edition. Considered a leading textbook of its kind, it is used in colleges and universities around the world. His most recent book is titled Essential Cell Biology, now in its second edition.

Alberts has received numerous honors and awards including an American Cancer Society Lifetime Research Professorship.

NIDCR and the Fogarty International Center are co-hosting the lecture. The lecture was established in memory of Barmes, an epidemiologist and retired executive of the World Health Organization and a special expert in NIDCR's Office of International Health from 1996 until his death in 2001.

All are invited to attend the lecture and the reception sponsored by Friends of the NIDCR that follows the talk.


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