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Upcoming Spirit Lecture by Noted Virologist

By Eddy Ball
March 2007

Alice Huang
2007 Spirit Lecturer Alice Huang (Photo courtesy of the California Institute of Technology)

On March 20 at 10:00 a.m. in Rodbell Auditorium, Alice Huang, Ph.D., will deliver the sixth lecture in the annual Spirit Lecture Series. Huang is senior councilor for External Relations and faculty associate in Biology at the California Institute of Technology. The NIEHS Diversity Council is sponsoring Huang's lecture, "Beyond the Numbers: Where Are WeGoing," as part of the Institute's celebration of Women's History Month.

Huang began her career as a microbiologist and eventually became a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School, where she made important discoveries in virology. She has since moved on to a far-ranging career dealing variously with medicine, science and technology policy, science writing and higher education.

Huang has received a long list of honors for her scientific and educational contributions. She holds several chairs and sits on boards of major organizations, including the Foundation for Microbiology and the Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products.

Each year since 2002, the NIEHS Spirit Lecture Series has recognized outstanding women who have achieved a balance between the competing aspects of work and family in their lives, thereby becoming better scientists and better members of their families and communities.



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