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Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS

Pulmonary physician and epidemiologist, Dean and Professor of the Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, Colorado

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"Science, Policy, and the Environment: Reflections from 1970-2020"

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 12:00 noon
Class of '62 Auditorium, G-9425


The fifty-year span, 1970-2020, covers a half-century of science-driven progress in improving the quality of the environment. Health has benefited in the United States and beyond as a result. This presentation considers how scientific evidence has fueled the progress, covering the ways that evidence serves as the foundation for action and the roles of researchers in these translational processes. This long-standing paradigm is now under threat. In this presentation, I draw on my experience over these 50 years as a physician/researcher, using such examples as tobacco control, air pollution, and chemical risk assessment. I speak to “lessons learned” as to how a researcher may or may not “make a difference”.

Welcome by Mark Taubman, M.D.
Introduction by Mark Utell, M.D.
1:30 p.m. Reception on the Forbes Mezzanine (1-9580)


  Vera Gorbunova, PhD

  Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D. is a Doris Johns Cherry Professor of Biology
  and Medicine and is co-director of the University of Rochester Aging
  Research Center. Her research is focused on understanding the
  mechanisms of longevity and genome stability and on the studies of
  exceptionally long-lived mammals. Her work has received awards from
  the Ellison Medical Foundation, the Glenn Foundation, the American
  Federation for Aging Research, and the National Institutes of Health.

      "Mechanisms of Longevity: Lessons from
                   Long-Lived Mammals"


                                                                                                               Monday, December 6, 2021, 4:00 pm, Class of ‘62 Auditorium                                                                                                                                              Welcome by Mark Taubman, M.D.
                                                                                                                                           Introduction by Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.


Phillip A. Sharp, PhD

Institute Professor and Professor of Biology Member, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer
Research, MIT

“Science of RNA Biology - Advances to New Therapeutic Modalities”

Monday, March 14, 2021 - 4:00pm
Class of '62 Auditorium, G-9425

Interventions targeting RNA processes and RNA-based therapeutics employing short double-stranded RNA and mRNA represent an important new class of therapeutic modalities. These were developed by translation of earlier fundamental science and engineering research, including genome sequencing, and have created new opportunities to meet major challenges in healthcare. This history will be discussed briefly, then new insights shared about another possible step in this journey—the role of RNA in regulation of transcription and gene expression.

Welcome by Mark Taubman, M.D.
Introduction by Paul Boutz, Ph.D.
5:15 p.m. Reception on the Forbes Mezzanine (1-9580)