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Professor Paul Schimmel '62 Discusses Applications of Biotechnology

September 22, 2004

[ Dr. Paul Schimmel ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Dr. Paul Schimmel, Hahn Professor of Molecular Biology and Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute and co-founder of three publicly traded biotechnology companies, will lecture as part of the Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series at Ohio Wesleyan University on Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. in OWU's new Schimmel/Conrades Science Center. Speaking as part of the Science Symposium commemorating the dedication of the Science Center and highlighting creative aspects of science and scientific research, Dr. Schimmel will address "Frontiers of Biotechnology," which relates to this year's Colloquium theme on "Dimensions of Creativity." Also included in the Science Symposium is the "Summer Science Research Symposium" at 12:10 p.m., in which OWU Students will display and discuss their scientific research conducted in the summer of 2004, and a lecture by Dr. Brian Greene at 8:00 p.m., entitled "Breakthrough Thinking: Challenging What We Know."

A distinguished researcher and entrepreneur, Dr. Schimmel has concentrated his research on decoding genetic information and interpreting the universal code. His research interests include autism and other conditions as they affect children. Dr. Schimmel, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and an elected fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, is a recipient of the Biophysical Society's Emily M. Gray Award for his "significant contributions to teaching and education in biophysics."

An OWU Class of 1962 distinguished alumnus, Dr. Schimmel received an Honorary Degree during the 1996 OWU Commencement. He also has served as an editorial board member of ten different scientific journals and is the author and co-author of over 260 publications and scientific papers.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 19th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. More information is available at snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.