Nobel Prize recipient Oliver Smithies to speak Wednesday at UNC

April 7, 2008 — Nobel Prize co- recipient Dr. Oliver Smithies will give a free public talk about “Reflections on a Lifetime of Science” at UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Nobel Prize recipient Oliver Smithies to speak Wednesday at UNC
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Dr. Oliver Smithies

Smithies, an excellence professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UNC, was co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. The award recognized Smithies’ introduction of specific gene modifications in mice through embryonic stem cells.

Smithies’ talk on Wednesday also will feature a moderated question and answer session.

Smithies shares the award with Mario R. Capecchi of the University of Utah’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Sir Martin J. Evans of Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.

Seating is limited to the first 300 people, and doors to the Morehead Banquet Hall will open at 6:45 p.m. For more information about Smithies’ presentation at Morehead Planetarium, visit www.moreheadplanetarium.org or call (919) 962-1236.

The Planetarium is located at 250 E. Franklin St. on the UNC campus. Parking is available in the UNC visitor lot adjacent to the center.

Morehead Planetarium and Science center Web site: www.moreheadplanetarium.org

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center contact: Karen Kornegay, (919) 843-7952, kck@unc.edu

News Services contact: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093

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