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Nobel Prize winner Joshua Lederberg to deliver Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Lecture on Health Policy

26 January 2004

ATTENTION: Health, Science and Political Writers

Contact: Kathleen Maclay
(510) 643-5651 ckm@pa.urel.berkeley.edu

"War With the Microbes: Winning the Peace," the 6th annual Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Lecture on Health Policy at the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.

5-6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2.

Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, at the northeastern corner of campus, next to Evans Hall.

Dr. Joshua Lederberg, a Nobel Prize-winning microbiologist, geneticist and Sackler Foundation Scholar at Rockefeller University in New York, will talk about policy issues surrounding long-term strategies in dealing with the evolutionary competition from microbes.

A lifelong researcher in molecular biology, Lederberg received the Nobel Prize in 1958 for his work on genetic structure and function in microorganisms. From 1978 to 1990, he was president of Rockefeller University. Today, he continues his research at Rockefeller, where he also is professor emeritus of molecular genetics and informatics.

Lederberg has served on the World Health Organization's Advisory Health Research Council, chaired the President's Cancer Panel and headed the Congressional Technology Assessment Advisory Council. He received the National Medal of Science in 1989. Lederberg is involved in artificial intelligence research in computer science and in NASA's experimental programs seeking life on Mars.

The lecture will be followed by a reception. Both events are free and open to the public.


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