2005 Norman J Field Lecture in Science


Dr. Stuart Firestein
Columbia University

Wednesday, 21 September 2005
7:30 pm
Performing Arts Center Auditorium
Monmouth Regional High School (click here for directions)
1 Norman J Field Way
Tinton Falls, NJ
Refreshments and informal discussion will follow the lecture
Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Firestein will discuss the sense of smell and the molecular, genetic and physiological mechanisms that make the vertebrate nose the best chemical detector on the planet! He has published more than 50 papers in scientific journals and is the author of several popular articles and textbook chapters on smell. His research is dedicated to answering the fundamental human question: How do I smell?

Dr. Firestein received his undergraduate degree from California State University in San Francisco in 1983 and his Doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. He was at Yale University Medical School as a Research Associate and Assistant Professor before moving to Columbia in 1993, where he is now a Professor of Neurobiology in the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Firestein has received numerous awards and has been a McKnight Scholar and Whitehall Fellow. Most recently he received the prestigious Linville-Wright Award for Research in Olfaction, a Canadian prize administered by Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He has lectured and taught extensively in North America, Europe and Japan. His work received support from the Human Frontiers Science program, NATO, the Office of Naval Research and the National Institutes of Health.

The Norman J Field Lectures in Science were established in 1991 in memory of Dr. Norman J Field, and are cosponsored by the Monmouth County Section of the American Chemical Society, the Monmouth Junior Science Symposium, the Monmouth County School Boards Association, and by the Rutgers University Chapter of Sigma Xi, an international scientific research society. Dr. Field was widely recognized for his contributions in the area of public education. He maintained a lifelong personal and professional interest in scientific issues. It is hoped that this lecture series will serve to promote similar interest in science and science education among both younger and older members of the community.

For additional information please contact:
Ken Field

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