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Feb. 12, 2007

School of Dentistry honors 40 years of research
achievements with Feb. 20 science symposium

Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, will discuss the future of oral health research at a Feb. 20 symposium on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

“Dental Research at UNC Chapel Hill: Past, Present and Future” will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center’s Alumni Hall I. The symposium is a part of the dental school’s celebration of its 40 years of oral health research and will feature presentations from research leaders at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.

The public is invited to the symposium and a reception following the event.

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City management during race riots
topic of School of Government lecture

Valerie A. Lemmie will deliver a lecture on “City Management and Social Equity” at 4 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government’s Knapp-Sanders Building, room 2601. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will precede the lecture at 3:30 p.m.

Her presentation will focus on riots that erupted in Cincinnati in 2001 following the fatal police shooting of a black man.

Lemmie was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) by Gov. Bob Taft in 2006. Prior to joining the PUCO, Lemmie served as city manager for the cities of Cincinnati, Dayton and Petersburg, Va.

She currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the National Academy of Public Administration, a federally chartered think tank that reviews and analyzes public policy issues and provides technical assistance and support to governmental agencies.


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“Women in science: A generation of change”
topic of Feb. 26 talk by MIT geneticist

Geneticist Dr. Nancy Hopkins of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will speak on “Women in science: A generation of change (1971-2007)” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 in UNC’s Hanes Art Center auditorium, followed by a reception.

Hopkins, the Amgen Inc. professor of molecular biology, is widely recognized for her pioneering work in successfully cloning vertebrate developmental genes in zebrafish. Her laboratory has cloned hundreds of genes critical for creating fish embryos and for identifying the genetic basis for many human diseases.

In addition to her zebrafish studies, Hopkins has gained recognition for her revolutionary work on gender equity issues in science. During the mid-1990s, she chaired the committee that conducted the first wide-ranging study at MIT on faculty gender biases. Her work led to two key administrative positions at MIT. In 1995, Hopkins was appointed chair of the first Committee on Women Faculty in the School of Science. In 2000, she was appointed co-chair of the first Council on Faculty Diversity.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.

Hopkins’ talk is co-sponsored by UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, women’s studies’ women-in-science initiative, the department of biology and the Biology Graduate Students Association. Limited parking is available in the Swain visitor’s lot off Cameron Avenue and in commercial lots on Rosemary Street.

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