Important Highlights –
Commencement Forums: Saturday, May 23rd

11:00 - Metcalf Research Laboratory, Friedman Auditorium, Room 101,190 Thayer St.

The Search for Life in the Universe
Lynn Rothschild ’85 PhD, senior scientist, NASA Ames Research Center;
2015 Horace Mann Medal Winner

The Frank and Joan Rothman Lecture

3:30 - Building for Environmental Research & Teaching, Carmichael Auditorium, 85 Waterman St.

The Genome Engineering Revolution: Birth of a Technology
Jennifer Doudna, professor, biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology, University of California, Berkeley; Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator
Dr. Jennifer Doudna is co-inventor of a revolutionary tool that can cut and splice DNA, called CRISPR-Cas9. Scientists are calling this powerful new technology for editing genes the “holy grail” of genetic engineering and a breakthrough in the fight against genetic disease. National Public Radio proclaimed Dr. Doudna a “rock star in the science world” and her work has been honored with numerous awards – most recently the 2014 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences from the National Institutes of Health and the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Learn about this groundbreaking discovery and its wide-ranging implications for the future of biology and medicine. (NYTimes, Time Magazine-100 Most Influential People)


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