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Public lectures at Dartmouth take on "Science and Society"

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/29/05 • Contact Sue Knapp (603) 646-3661

Rita Colwell
Rita Colwell
Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks
Sidney Altman
Sidney Altman

Dartmouth's Montgomery Endowment will welcome three fellows to campus this fall to address the topic "Science and Society," which will cover the role of science in a liberal arts education and in public policy. As part of their fellowship, public health expert and former National Science Foundation Director Rita R. Colwell, neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sidney Altman, will all deliver free, public lectures.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 4:30 p.m., Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, "Science and Society in the 21st Century" - Rita Colwell is Chair of Canon US Life Sciences, Inc. and Distinguished University Professor, both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, safe drinking water, and global health. She served as the 11th director of the NSF from 1998 to 2004.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m., Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, "Creativity and the Brain" - Oliver Sacks is Clinical Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, N.Y., and Adjunct Professor of Neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. He is a prolific writer, perhaps best known for his 1985 collection of case histories, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. His work deals with the ways people survive and adapt to different neurological diseases and conditions.

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 4:30 p.m., Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, "Science and Society: Morality, Intellect, and Real Science" - Sidney Altman is Sterling Professor of Biology and Professor of Chemistry at Yale University. A molecular biologist, his career has been concerned with nucleic acid biochemistry and the genetics of tRNA. Altman discovered, with Dr. Thomas Cech, that RNA (ribonucleic acid) in living cells is not only a molecule of heredity but can also function as a biocatalyst. This discovery won him the 1989 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Established in 1977 through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth F. Montgomery (Dartmouth Class of '25), the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment was created "to provide for the advancement of the academic realm of the College in ways that will significantly add to the quality and character thereof, making possible major new dimensions for, as well as extraordinary enrichments to, the educational experience offered primarily to undergraduate students within the Dartmouth community."

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