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NEH cares graphic with USA Flag on covid mask

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Center for Humanities & History of Modern Biology a CARES Act Grant. The grant will fund an extensive oral history initiative documenting biomedical history and pandemic response since 1890.

The project, entitled “Oral Histories of Biology, Medicine, and Pandemic Response” will be headed by Ludmila Pollock, executive director of Library and Archives. The CSHL Center for Humanities & History of Modern Biology, established in 2018, promotes humanistic understanding of modern biology and medicine by organizing public events, hosting virtual and physical exhibitions, and awarding a range of visiting fellowships.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act Grants support local cultural nonprofits and educational programming. It is the NEH’s mission to support research and learning in history, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding projects around the nation.

 The Center for Humanities and the History of Modern Biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory invites you to join an online live discussion
 
DATE: Friday, June 19 @ 4:30pm ET

WHY YOU SHOULD LOVE GMOs

Sir Richard Roberts, Nobel laureate

followed by a conversation with Pamela Ronald, Ph.D.

Recording of this event available at: https://youtu.be/Vh2mlAblGKA.

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Richard J. Roberts, Nobelist, former CSHL scientist, and current Chief Scientific Officer at New England Biolabs, has organized a campaign of Nobel laureates to try and influence the debate in support of GMO technology, which now has 155 co-signees. He will discuss how by deliberately ignoring the science that underpins GMOs and painting horrific pictures of the dangers that might ensue, political motives are slowing the wide adoption of these technologies at the expense of the developing world. 

Roberts’ presentation will be followed by a conversation with Professor Pamela Ronald from UC Davisas well as audience Q & A.

Moderated by Professor Rob Martienssen, Ph.D. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Organized and introduced by Ludmila (Mila) Pollock, M.L.S. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 

The Center for Humanities and the History of Modern Biology
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY

A recording is now available at: https://youtu.be/vSDuvML9vaw

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Sid Mukherjee
Pulitzer-prize winning author and oncologist at Columbia University

will discuss

The Gene: An Intimate History
his book and recent PBS documentary
of the same name
by Ken Burns and Barak Goodman

in conversation with

Matthew Cobb
University of Manchester professor
author of Life’s Greatest Secret, and
on-screen expert in The Gene

moderated by
Richard Sever, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
organizer
Mila Pollock, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Siddhartha Mukherjee is a pioneering physician, oncologist, and author who has redefined our public discourse on human health, medicine and science.  A profoundly influential voice in the scientific community, he is best known for his books, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which earned him the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, and The Gene: An Intimate History which won international awards and was recognized by The Washington Post and The New York Times as one of the most influential books of 2016.  His published works exhibit an outstanding literary skill that has left an indelible mark on our culture, as The Emperor of All Maladies has been adapted into a documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns, and was included among Time magazine’s 100 best nonfiction books of the past century.

Serving as a professor of medicine at Columbia University and as a staff cancer physician at the university’s medical center, Dr. Mukherjee generates hope for countless patients and families around the world, while revolutionizing our blueprint for healing.

Matthew Cobb is a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on the history of genetics, including his 2015 book Life’s Greatest Secret, and was one of the on-screen experts in The Gene. His latest books are The Idea of the Brain: The Past and Future of Neuroscience, and Smell: A Very Short Introduction.

Richard Sever, Ph.D. is Assistant Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press and Co-Founder of the preprint servers bioRxiv and medRxiv. He has edited numerous books in molecular biology and worked as an editor on several journals.

Ludmila (Mila) Pollock, M.L.S. is Executive Director, Library and Archives, Center for Humanities and History of Modern Biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Founder of the History of Science Meetings at CSHL.

 

 Thursday, May 23, 2019
Library Event in the Szybalski Reading Room:

Anna Marie Skalka will discuss her book,
Discovering Retroviruses: Beacons in the Biosphere

Program: book discussion 5:30-6:30 pm,
book signing and reception 6:30-7:30 pm

Copies of Discovering Retroviruses are available for purchase at the CSHL Bookstore and at the event.

 Dr. Anna Marie Skalka is Professor Emerita and former Sr. VP for Basic Science and W.W. Smith Chair in Cancer Research at the Institute for Cancer Research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Skalka is internationally recognized for her research on viral oncogenesis, especially the mechanisms of retroviral replication and insertion.  Anna received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from NYU Medical School in 1964, and is an alumna of Cold Spring Harbor and a member of the Phage Group, conducting her postdoctoral work with Al Hershey until his retirement in 1968.

Dr. Skalka has published more than 240 papers and edited several books.  She is the author of Discovering Retroviruses: Beacons in the Biosphere and co-author of the widely acclaimed textbook Principles of Virology.

Dr. Skalka has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology; and has received the 2018 Sigma Xi William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement and Communication, among other awards.

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 This lecture is now available on YouTube:

    https://youtu.be/Zh5xNfX1GhI

 

 

 Library Event at Hershey East:Venki Flyer2MEET THE AUTHOR
Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel Laureate,
will discuss his book, Gene Machine: The Race to Discover the Secrets of the Ribosome
FRIDAY, MAY 10th, 2019  @ 3:00 PM

Gene Machine: The Race to Discover the Secrets of the Ribosome recounts Ramakrishnan's quest to solve the structure of the ribosome, and in the process, paints a clear picture of the actual process of scientific inquiry, including successes and failures, collaborators and competitors, insights and frustrations.

Venki currently serves as the President of the Royal Society and maintains a laboratory at the MRC's Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. He shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Ada Yonath and the late Tom Steitz for "studies of the structure and function of the ribosome." In 2001, he gave the Dorcas Cummings lecture at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Symposium on Quantitative Biology, speaking on "Protein Factories and Antibiotics." He has also been awarded the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine, the Datta Lectureship and Medal, the Sir Hans Krebs Medal, the Jiménez-Díaz Prize, the Heatley Medal, and was knighted in 2012.

Copies of Gene Machine: The Race to Discover the Secrets of the Ribosome are available for purchase at the CSHL Bookstore (employee discount 10%).

Wine and cheese will be served.

 This lecture is now available on YouTube: