Friday, January 14, 2011

Nobel opportunity

Now that Carol Greider (on the left in the picture in 1984 when the award winning research was done) is going to be visiting CCS (details below) I thought some of you might enjoy these videos from the Nobel prize website.

Portrait of the 2009 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine video
The whole thing is actually quite interesting but if you skip to the 6:10 mark it describes how Elizabeth Blackburn asked her students to prove the existence of the hypothesized telomerase and how Carol Greider stepped up to the challenge. How it was 'a brave student' that would take this on.

The Interview video
A longer video that expands on this and Elizabeth Blackburn describes how Carol Greider as a new PhD student took a problem and said 'yes I can do that' - after a Postdoc had turned down the offer. This is at about 21:30 in the video. The video also has some interesting segments on doing science.

In case you didn't get the memo I copy it below. Note that you are meant to rsvp. Since this may affect the amount of pizza I stronly recommend you both attending and rsvp'ing.

THE COLLEGE OF CREATIVE STUDIES cordially invites you to attend a Meet‐n‐Greet (free!!) Pizza Lunch
with Nobel Laureate and UCSB alumna, Dr. Carol W. Greider

What: Student meet‐and‐greet pizza lunch with 2009 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine and
CCS Biology alumna, Dr. Carol Greider.

When: Saturday, January 22nd, 2011, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

At: CCS Art Gallery, Building 494
University of California, Santa Barbara

Please RSVP To: Jen Johansen, jennifer.johansen@ccs.ucsb.edu, (805) 893‐5504,
by Wednesday, January 19th (or direct any questions)

Greider shares the Nobel Prize with Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Jack W. Szostak. The three were honored for the discovery of ʺhow chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.ʺ

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