Memorial lecture will examine DNA replication
The department of molecular biophysics and biochemistry will host a lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 22, in memory of Dr. Joseph E. Coleman, who died in June.
The lecture, titled "DNA Replication Carried Out by Bacteriophage T4 DNA Replication Machinery," will be given by Steven Benkovic, a chemist at Penn State University, who comes to Yale as the Burroughs-Wellcome Visiting Professor. His lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in Rm. 215 of the Jane Ellen Hope Building, 315 Cedar St. The public is invited to attend, free of charge.
An expert on enzyme chemistry, Benkovic's research has emphasized the study of the mechanisms of enzyme catalyzed reactions. His recent work has focused on the mechanism of action of the folate requiring transformylase enzymes in de novo purine biosynthesis; the characteristics of enzymes in antibiotic resistance; and the assembly and kinetic characteristics of the T4 replication complex, among other topics. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the National Institutes of Health Career Development Award, the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry, the Gowland Hopkin Award, the Repligen Award for Chemistry of Biological Processes and the American Institute of Chemists' Alfred Bader and Chemical Pioneer awards. In addition, he was won fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan and Guggenheim foundations. He has served since 1965 on the faculty at Penn State, where he is the Evan Pugh Professor.
Coleman was a member of the molecular biophysics and biochemistry department whose research interests included protein chemistry, enzymology and DNA-protein interactions.
Bill Harris, a noted lobbyist for children on the national level, will speak as part of the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy lecture series on Friday, Sept. 24, at noon. His talk, titled "Children and the 106th Congress: Progress in a Time of Raging Moderation?" will be held in Rm. 211 of the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St. The event is free and open to the public.
Harris is the founder and treasurer of KidsPac, a political action committee that has lobbied Congress on behalf of children and families since 1981. KidsPac advocates for sound public policies for poor children from birth to age six and their families. Harris speaks frequently about children and politics at universities, political gatherings and public policy fora, and has received awards for his work on behalf of children. He earned a Ph.D. in urban studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For further information, call 432-9935.
"The Great Involution: What is Russia and Where Is It Going?" is the title of a talk being given on Friday, Sept. 24, by Michael Burawoy, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a scholar of industrial organization and social change in eastern Europe. Burawoy just returned from field research in Russia.
His talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. in Rm. 211 of the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St. It is free and open to the public.
Burawoy is the author of several books, including "The Politics of Production: Factory Regimes Under Capitalism and Socialism" and "The Radiant Past: Ideology and Reality in Hungary's Road to Capitalism." Known for his collaborative and ethnographic work, he is coauthor of "Ethnography Unbound: Power and Resistance in the Modern Metropolis" and of the forthcoming "Global Ethnography: Forces, Connections and Imaginations in the Post-Modern World." He received a distinguished teaching award from UC-Berkeley, where he has taught since 1976.
Hongxi Zhang, consul general of the People's Republic of China in New York, will present a talk on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Harkness Auditorium of the Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.
Zhang will discuss the "Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China." His visit is sponsored by the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Yale and the McDougal Center. There is a $2 admission fee to attend the talk.
Born in Henan Province in China, Zhang began his career in government as a staff member for the research department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served as attaché of the Chinese embassy in Thailand from 1975 to 1979. He returned to China to serve as attaché, then deputy division chief, and, later, division chief in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' department of consular affairs.
In 1987, Zhang became counsellor in the Chinese embassy in Australia, a post he held for two years before becoming deputy director general of the department of consular affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was later named director general of the department. He was the Chinese ambassador to Tanzania from 1997 until he was named to his present post this year.
Noted Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan will present a lecture titled "The Contribution of Temperament to Personality and Psychopathology" on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Harris Auditorium of the Yale Child Study Center, 333 Cedar St. His talk, which is free and open to the public, is one in a series marking the inauguration of the Child Study Center's new Nelson and Irving Building. A reception will follow the lecture.
Kagan, who earned his Ph.D. at Yale in 1954, is professor of psychology at Harvard and the codirector of Harvard's Mind-Brain-Behavior Initiative. He has done pioneering work in the areas of early childhood development, temperament, developmental continuities and discontinuities, and the biological basis of temperamental inhibition and childhood shyness.
Kagan is the author of numerous articles and books, including "Birth to Maturity: A Study in Psychological Development," "Change and Continuity in Infancy," "The Nature of the Child," "Galen's Prophecy" and "Three Seductive Ideas." He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Science, and has received numerous awards from the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development and the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as the Yale Graduate School's Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal.
For further information, call 785-5759.
AT&T chair and chief executive officer C. Michael Armstrong will be the first speaker in the 1999-2000 Leaders Forum lecture series at the School of Management on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
"A Conversation with the Chairman of AT&T" will take place at 11:45 a.m. in the General Motors Room of Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Ave.
Armstrong was elected chair of the board and CEO of AT&T in 1997. He heads the world's leading communications service company, with more than 80 million customers, 119,000 employees and some $51 billion in revenues. He came to AT&T from Hughes Electronics, where he had been chair and CEO for six years. He transformed Hughes Electronics from a company mainly focused on defense to a competitor in the commercial electronics, space and telecommunications industries. Prior to working at Hughes, he spent more than three decades at IBM.
Armstrong serves as chair of the President's Export Council, the premier national advisory committee on international trade to President Clinton and the Secretary of Commerce. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committees and the Defense Policy Advisory Committee on Trade. He is a trustee of Johns Hopkins University and Carnegie Hall and serves on the SOM advisory board.
The Leaders Forum Lecture Series, which was established by SOM Dean Jeffrey Garten, features talks by political, business and government leaders. The series is designed to enrich the education of SOM students. All talks in the series are free and open to the public.
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