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"Avoid an Inherited Disease" is Topic of Sagan National Colloquium Lecture

October 18, 2006

PJ and Marcy Terry (OWU ‘99, ‘00) will be the guest speakers on October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Room of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center as part of the Sagan National Colloquium lecture series at Ohio Wesleyan University. Their topic will be “Avoid an Inherited Disease.”

PJ and Marcy Terry both majored in Elementary Education. PJ also majored in Sociology/Anthropology. Both went on to receive their master’s degrees from Ashland University, Marcy in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading Endorsement and PJ in Administration. They currently teach in the Delaware City Schools. Marcy teaches second grade, and PJ teaches kindergarten.

They are known to be cystic fibrosis (CF) carriers with no family history of the disease on either side. They found out in 2004 only through early family planning. They decided on a new medical procedure, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) to avoid having a child affected with the lung disease. Recently, the couple successfully underwent this medical procedure. They are happy to know they are expecting twins early next year.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 21st year at Ohio Wesleyan. This 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 snc.owu.edu or call 740-368-3995.