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Thomas Steitz, at left, with Oliver Smithies.
Judging from the standing room only turnout, the inaugural Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium on March 8 and 9, 2011 was a great success.
2009 Nobel Laureate Thomas A. Steitz, PhD, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and professor of chemistry at Yale, wowed the crowd with a lecture complete with video animations and music, as he described discoveries related to the structure and function of the ribosome and how these apply to new antibiotics.
In the morning, Joan Steitz, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale, presented the Mary Ellen Jones Distinguished Women in Science Lecture, “Noncoding RNAs: with a viral twist.”
Between lectures, the postdoctoral research poster forum in the MBRB hall and lobby buzzed with activity.