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Lecture Series Announces Upcoming Speakers

By Eddy Ball
March 2010

American Scientist March-April issue
Described in a cover story in the March-April issue of American Scientist, the accordion-like blubber on the underside of the blue whale or rorqual, shown above, extends from mouth to bellybutton. This unique structure can stretch to more than twice its original length and hold many tens of tons of water and krill for feeding this enormous creature. (Cover courtesy of
Nick Pyenson)

The editorial staff of the American Scientist( Exit NIEHS magazine (watch video (  Download QuickTime (22 MB) ) invites NIEHS scientists and staff to talks by the next two speakers in its Pizza Lunch Lecture Series held each month in Research Triangle Park.

On March 30 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Duke University Professor Geoffrey Ginsburg, M.D., Ph.D.( Exit NIEHS, will discuss his work at the Duke University Center for Genomic Medicine. Ginsburg will speak at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center( Exit NIEHS at 15 T.W. Alexander Drive in Research Triangle Park (map( Exit NIEHS; access videos.

Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Bryson Program in Human Genetics Jim Evans, M.D., Ph.D.( Exit NIEHS, will explore new developments in "Genetics, Health and Society" beginning at noon on April 20. Evans' talk will be held at the series' regular venue at Sigma Xi( Exit NIEHS headquarters at 3106 East N.C. Highway 54 in Research Triangle Park (directions( Exit NIEHS; watch video (  Download QuickTime (62 MB) ).

Guest lecturers in the series address a broad range of scientific topics. Speakers have included such prominent area scientists as Duke University Lemur Center Director Ann Yoder, Ph.D., North Carolina State University (NCSU) Professor of Ecology Rob Dunn, Ph.D., and NCSU Professor of Biology Heather Patisaul, Ph.D. - an NIEHS grantee and Outstanding New Environmental Scientist awardee.

American Scientist has posted several podcasts of past talks online( Exit NIEHS.

The staff of the American Scientist welcomes area scientists and science communicators to the free lunchtime lectures. Anyone planning to attend, however, should RSVP to Associate Editor Catherine Clabby( Exit NIEHS to help with planning for complimentary pizza and drinks.

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