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Nobel Laureate in Chemistry to give two lectures at UGA next week

The University of Georgia’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences will host 2014 Nobel Laureate in chemistry Eric Betzig for two lectures on March 25.

Betzig is a professor of molecular and cell biology, the Eugene D. Commins Presidential Chair in Experimental Physics and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California, Berkeley and a senior fellow at the Janelia Research Campus.

“It is a wonderful honor for the university to host such an innovative thinker and inventor who blends a love for science with an inspiring personal story and historical perspective on the power of discovery,” said Yohannes Abate, Susan Dasher and Charles Dasher MD Professor of Physics and host for Betzig’s visit. “His work embodies some of the most advanced innovations and insights that combine physics, chemistry and engineering with the life sciences and even astronomy. I am confident that both of his talks will appeal to a wide audience across the university community.”

UGA’s departments of chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology will host Betzig’s first talk, “New Windows into Secret Lives of Cells.” The talk will explore how the development of technology led to new discoveries about cells. The talk will be at 10:20 a.m. in Room 1218 of the ISTEM2 Building and there will be a reception following the talk on the second floor of ISTEM2 building.

At 4 p.m., Betzig will present a lecture hosted by the department of physics in Room 202 of the Physics Building. In “All Things Great and Small: Historical Connections Between Astronomy and Microscopy.” In this talk, Betzig will explore the connections between space and microscopy.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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