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Malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa Highlights Colloquium Speech

September 7, 2006

DELAWARE, OHIO — Richard Sayre, Director of the BioCassava Plus Program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will speak on Thursday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Phillips Hall Auditorium (Henry Street) for Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium. His speech, entitled, “Meeting the Challenge of Malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa, the BioCassava Plus Program,” will focus on the accomplishments and goals of the program.

Sayre is a College of Biological Sciences Distinguished Professor at the Ohio State University. Sayre was a co-founder and past president of Phycotransgenics LLC, currently Phycobiologics LLC. Dr. Sayre serves on the editorial board of several journals and will spend the spring of 2007 at the University of Sao Paulo as a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is the author of over 80 publications in a diverse arena of the biological sciences ranging from the biophysics of photosynthesis, to the bioremediation of toxic wastes and the biofortification of food crops. Dr. Sayre received his Ph. D. from the University of Iowa and did post-doctoral work at Harvard University.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 21st year at Ohio Wesleyan. The year’s theme is “The Citizen Scientist, How Science Affects Our Daily Lives.” All lectures are free of charge and open to the public.  For more information, please visit http://snc.owu.edu or call 740-368-3995.