Thursday, May 29, 2008

Biochemistry's 100th Birthday: Day 1

Yesterday was the first day of our department's 100th birthday party celebrations [Department of Biochemistry 100th Anniversary Symposium].

About 250 people showed up. It was fun to meet former students and retired faculty members, some of whom I hadn't seen for 10 or 20 years.

The first Connell Centennial Lecture was given by James Rothman of Columbia University (soon to be Yale University). His title was The biochemical basis of vesicle transport in the cell.

No matter how many times you hear him talk you can't fail to be impressed by Rothman's style and his ability to present complex material in a manner that can be understood by everyone in the audience. It was a wonderful way to begin our celebrations.

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