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Released March 7, 2005

SPRING SLATE SET FOR LECTURE SERIES IN SCIENCES

HATTIESBURG – How the Human Genome Project is unlocking scientific mysteries for mankind is the topic of the first installment of the Lecture Series in the Sciences March 8 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Paula Gregory, a geneticist at Louisiana State University, will present "Genomic Medicine: Bench to Bedside" at 5 p.m. in the Polymer Science Research Center.

Sponsored by the College of Science and Technology and Hattiesburg Clinic, the lecture series will continue April 2 with guest Dr. Nagendranath Bellare, a hematologist and oncologist at Hattiesburg Clinic. The third and final guest lecturer will be announced next month.

"The College of Science and Technology is appreciative of Hattiesburg Clinic for sponsoring this utstanding lecture series," COST dean Dr. Rex Gandy said. "This year three exciting speakers will be appearing thanks to the generous support of Hattiesburg Clinic. The speakers this year are focusing on the interaction between medicine and science, an exciting area of development, and everyone is invited."

Gregory received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Southern Miss and a doctorate from Tulane University. While carrying out her postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan, she began the first education program within a human genome center. In 1993, she began the Genetics Education Office of the National Institute for Human Genome Research within the National Institutes of Health. While there, Gregory created several new educational programs for the public. Gregory now works as an associate professor in the Department of Genetics at the LSU Health Sciences Center. She also directs a high school cancer research partnership program funded by the National Cancer Institute.

"As someone who has spent a large portion of her professional career at the heart of the Human Genome Project, Dr. Gregory will talk about how this multinational basic research venture is benefiting society," said Dr. Sabine Heinhorst, professor of chemistry at Southern Miss.

For more information about Gregory or the lecture, contact the Department of Polymer Science at (601) 266-4868.

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April 14, 2005 11:39 AM