Starts Fourth Year
The Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
(WALs) have jumped into their fourth year with an outstanding
slate of speakers. On September 10th, the speaker was Stanley
Korsmeyer of Washington University, presenting the NIH Director's
Dyer Lecture. On September 17, it was Lee Limbird of Vanderbilt
University, presenting the Director's Pittman Lecture. And
September 24 brought Jean MacCluer of the University of Texas
in San Antonio, presenting the Gordon Lecture. The lineup
for the rest of the fall and winter, and for the spring of
next year, looks equally stellar.
The WALs series was launched as NIH's foremost campus-wide
scientific lecture series in October 1994. The premier lectures
- the NIH Director's Lectures - were scheduled for a uniform
time and place: Wednesday afternoons at 3:00 in Masur Auditorium,
Building 10. These lectures were augmented by with speakers
nominated and hosted by NIH's interinstitute interest groups.
To make the series even more irresistible, NIH's intramural
institutes, centers, and divisions agreed to sponsor postlecture
receptions outside the Clinical Center's Visitor Center. The
receptions then become a good venue for poster sessions. This
year, winners of the NIH Fellows Awards for Research Excellence
will be displaying their prize-winning work at the Wednesday
Hosts of WALs speakers also schedule an
informal meeting with postdocs and students - typically a
brown-bag lunch. So block off your calendars for Wednesdays
at 3:00 from now through June. For more information, visit
the WALs Web site at <http://www1.od.nih.gov/wals/index.html>.
| October 1: Peter
Walter, University of California, San Francisco. "Intracellular
signaling from the endoplasmic reticulum to the nucleus."
Hosted by the Cell Biology Interest Group; sponsored by NCI.
October 8: No lecture - Research Festival (see box,
October 15: Don C. Wiley, Harvard University. "Structure/function
studies in MHC/antigen recognition and in viral entry mechanisms."
Hosted by the Crystallography, Structural Biology, and Immunology
Interest Groups; sponsored by NIAID.
October 22 (the Stetten Lecture): Jacqueline Barton,
California Institute of Technology. "DNA-mediated electron
transfer: chemistry at a distance." Hosted and sponsored
October 29: Jonathan Beckwith, Harvard Medical School.
"Making, breaking, and shuffling protein disulfide bonds
in vivo." Hosted by the Lambda Lunch and Molecular Biology
Interest Groups; sponsored by NLM.
November 3 (Special Monday Lecture): Peter Dervan,
California Institute of Technology. "Molecular design
for DNA recognition: an approach toward gene-specific transcription."
Hosted by the Chemistry Interest Group; sponsored by NIGMS,
NIDDK, and the American Chemical Society.
November 5: James Hildreth,
Johns Hopkins University. "The role of host adhesion
molecules in the biology of retroviruses." Hosted by
the Trans-NIH AIDS Interest Group; sponsored by NIAID.
November 12: James Wilson, University of Pennsylvania.
"Cystic fibrosis: pathogenesis and treatment." Hosted
by the Clinical Research Interest Group; sponsored by NIA.
November 19. (the NIH Director's Lecture): Judah Folkman,
Harvard Medical School. "New directions in angiogenesis
research." Hosted by the Clinical Research Interest Group;
sponsored by NCI.
November 26: Kai Simons, University of Heidelberg.
"Sphingolipid-cholesterol rafts in membrane trafficking
and signaling." Hosted by the Cell Biology Interest Group
and the Fogarty International Center; sponsored by NICHD.
December 3: Wolf Singer, Max Planck Institute for
Brain Research. "The putative role of response synchronization
in cortical processing." Hosted by the Integrative Neuroscience
Interest Group and the Fogarty International Center; sponsored
December 10. (the Khoury Lecture): David Baltimore,
California Institute of Technology. "Cell life and cell
death." Hosted by the Virology and Trans-NIH AIDS Interest
Groups; sponsored by NIAID.
December 17: Michael Geoffrey Rosenfeld, University
of California, San Diego. "Mechanisms of transcriptional
control of neural and endocrine development." Hosted
by the Neurobiology, Molecular Biology, and Transcription
Factors Interest Groups; sponsored by NIMH.
December 24: Holiday break.