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Oliver H. Smith Memorial Lecture

Please join us for our 29th annual Oliver H. Smith Memorial Lecture honoring the memory of Dr. Oliver H. Smith, a faculty member in the department from 1963-1985. The seminar series was established by Oliver’s family who has continued to support this and other important departmental programs. Previous Smith Lectures have included three Nobel Laureates: Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn (1993), Dr. Richard Roberts (2001), and Dr. Thomas Steitz (2002).

Lily Young Ph.D. is currently Distinguished Professor of Environmental Microbiology as well as Provost at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Young is internationally recognized for her scientific contributions to the role of anaerobic microorganisms that degrade a host of harmful organic chemicals like pesticides and petroleum components. The research in her laboratory targets novel anaerobes and the chemistry of the degradation pathways that they carry out. Her research has shown that petroleum hydrocarbon compounds including benzene, toluene, xylenes, naphthalene, phenanthrene, and hexadecane, are no longer considered recalcitrant under anaerobic conditions. They have proven that anaerobes have novel mechanisms to activating these molecules. More recent research has also targeted the activity of environmental microbes on the reduction and oxidation (and cycling) of arsenic found in groundwater both locally and worldwide, processes that affect environmental toxicity.

Smith Lecture

 


PREVIOUS SMITH LECTURERS

1986-87 DR. CHARLES YANOFSKY
STANFORD UNIVERSITY

1987-88 DR. LUCY SHAPIRO
COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND
SURGEONS OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

1988-89 DR. SAMUEL KAPLAN
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

1989-90 DR. WILLIAM S. REZNIKOFF
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

1990-91 DR. RALPH S. WOLFE
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

1991-92 DR. MARTHA M. HOWE
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

1992-93 DR. ELIZABETH BLACKBURN
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-
SAN FRANCISCO

1993-94 DR. DOUGLAS E. BERG
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

1994-95 DR. JOHN A. DEMOSS
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
MEDICAL SCHOOL AT HOUSTON

1995-96 DR. NORMAN R. PACE
INDIANA UNIVERSITY

1996-97 DR. SHARON R. LONG
STANFORD UNIVERSITY

1997-98 DR. BARBARA HOHN
FRIEDRICH MIESCHER INSTITUTE

1998-99 DR. GRAHAM C. WALKER
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

 

1999-00 DR. STUART B. LEVY
TUFTS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

2000-01 DR. RICHARD J. ROBERTS
NEW ENGLAND BIOLABS

2001-02 DR. THOMAS A. STEITZ
YALE UNIVERSITY

2002-03 DR. CHRISTIAN R.H. RAETZ
DUKE UNIVERSITY

2003-04 DR. EUGENE NESTER
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

2004-05 DR. CHING KUNG
UNIVERSITY OF WISONSIN-MADISON

2005-06 DR. ABIGAIL A. SALYERS
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS-CHAMPAIGN-URBANA

2006-07 DR. RITA R. COLWELL
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

2007-08 DR. J. WILLIAM COSTERTON
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY

2008-09 DR. THOMAS J. SILHAVY
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

2009-10 DR. JAMES M. TIEDJE
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

2010-11 DR. JOSEPH F. LUTKENHAUS
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS MEDICAL CENTER

2011-12 DR. KENNETH NEALSON
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 

2012-13 DR. ROBERTO KOLTER

HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL

 

2013-14 DR. BONNIE BASSLER

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

 

 



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