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Symposium dedicated to recognizing
125th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Ernest E. Just, the annual MUSC
symposium established in his honor will feature some of his
descendents, nationally-acclaimed experts who will discuss enduring
issues and contributions surrounding his legacy, and the return of
Kenneth Manning, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology historian
and author of “The Black Apollo of Science,” a biography of Just.
The Ernest E. Just Symposium has consistently attracted promising young
scientists from across the state to MUSC, and has become an occasion
for faculty and students to hear discussions on the latest and future
trends in medical research. A common theme also is the need for more
minorities to enter the field of scientific and health research.
The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 29 in the
Basic Science Building Auditorium.
In honoring Just, a Charleston native, MUSC pays homage to
African-Americans who have long contributed to emerging sciences.
The Ernest E. Just Symposium is held annually, coinciding with Black
Heritage Month in February. The symposium was originally created to
expose undergraduate minority students to the scientific
accomplishments of Just through discussions of his research and
presentations by scientists working in related research areas.
Considered the father of cell adhesion research, Just published more
than 50 papers from 1912 through 1937, and wrote two books, “Basic
Methods for Experiments on Eggs of Marine Animals,” and “Biology of the
titles, featured speakers
Ernest Everett Just: The
KUA Years, 1900 - 1903.
By Joanne Stone, head
librarian, Elizabeth Dorr Coffin Library, Kimball Union Academy,
Stone will give a presentation on the experiences of Just while he
attended Kimball Union Academy. She will discuss current education
programs and educational opportunities offered by Kimball Union
Academy. As head librarian at Kimball Union Academy, she participates
on the school’s Academic Council and Technology committee. Under her
direction and grant-writing, the library has grown from 12,000 to close
to 20,000 items including a large video/DVD library, including a
collection of historical primary source kits, and a diversity
Making a difference.
By Hilda Y. Hutcherson, M.D., professor of clinical obstetrics and
gynecology and associate dean of minority affairs and Diversity,
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, N.Y.
Dr Hilda Hutcherson
Hutcherson will give a presenta-tion on recruiting and retention of
minority student in science and medicine. She will discuss successful
recruiting and the retention methods to keep minorities in the science
education pipeline. Hutcherson's area of expertise is the health and
sexual health of women. An advisory board member to Parent Magazine,
she has made appearances in a professional capacity on ABC Nightly
News, 20/20 and Good Morning America.
A New Paradigm for Musculo-skeletal Repair.
By Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished
Professor and chair of orthopaedic surgery, University Professor,
professor of chemical engineering, professor of biomedical engineering,
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
Dr. Cato Laurencin
Laurencin is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and a diplomat of
the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a fellow of the American
Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons and American College of Surgeons, and
is an instructor/guest lecturer on the health in blacks,
nanotechnology, bio-nanotechnology and anthro-pology. He was named to
the Scientific American 50 Award List, Who’s Who in Engineering Higher
education, America’s Top Doctors, and has authored more than 200
Sphingolipids: What’s the Connection?
By DeAnna Baker, M.D., Ph.D. candidate at MUSC, Department of
Microbiology and Immunology Student Presenter.
Baker received her bachelor of science degree in biological sciences
from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, graduating cum
laude. While at the University of Maryland, she was Gates Millennium
Scholar, U. Star Scholar, Minority Access to Research Careers, Golden
Key International Honor Society, and she received an UNCF/Merck
Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award. At MUSC, she has been
a Southern Regional Education Board scholar; she placed first in the
Ph.D. poster competition on Student Research Day 2007. She is
president of the Multicultural Graduate Student Association, and MSTP
admissions committee member and member of the MUSC graduate
Modeling Breast Cancer
with 3D Tissue Structures: Implications for Therapeutic Screening.
By Mina Bissell, Ph.D., Distinguished Scientist, Life Sciences Division
Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, Calif.
Dr. Mina Bissell
Bissell serves on the following editorial boards Journal of Cell
Science; The FASEB Journal; International Journal of Cancer; Breast
Cancer Research; Cancer Research; Molecular Medicine Journal of
Experimental Therapeutics and Oncology; Journal of Mammary Gland
Biology; Cell Structure and Function; The Breast Journal; Molecular
Carcinogenesis; In vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology; Journal of
Cellular Biochemistry. She also is president of American Society of
Cell Biology; elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the
National Academy of Sciences; and more than 80 distinguished and named
By W. James Nelson, Ph.D., professor biological sciences, The James H.
Clark Center, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
Dr. W. James Nelson
Nelson serves as the Rudy J. and Daphne Donohue Munzer Professor in the
School of Medicine, Stanford University. Nelson has served on the
following editorial board/review committees: Board of Reviewing
Editors, Science; Council, National Institutes of General Medical
Sciences (NIGMS); editorial board, Seminars in Cell and Developmental
Biology; editorial board, American Journal of Physiology; editor,
Journal of Cell Science; editor, The Journal of Cell Biology; Member,
NIH CDF-2 (Molecular Cytology) Study Section. His research focuses on
the understanding the cellular mechanisms involved in development and
maintenance of cell polarity. He has authored nearly 250 publications.
Stem Cells and Early
By Janet Rossant, Ph.D., Lombard Chair in Pediatric Research Hospital
for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Janet Rossant
Rossant earned the Foreign Honorary Member the American Academy of Arts
and Science; is a fellow the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. Rossant has
served as a board member of the following organizations: CIHR Institute
of Genetics, Institute Advisory Board, Phenogene, Inc., scientific
advisory board of the Canada Innovation Foundation; Canada Research
Chairs College of Reviewers member; chair, Working Group on Stem Cell
Research; Genome Biology member, editorial board. Her research
interests are centered on understanding the genetic control of normal
and abnormal development in the early mouse embryo using both cellular
and genetic manipulation techniques. She is also involved in stem cell
research, which involves the discovery of a novel placental stem cell
type the trophoblast. She is director of the Centre for Modeling
Human Disease in Toronto, which is undertaking genomewide mutagenesis
in mice to develop new mouse models of human disease. Rossant has
authored nearly 200 publications.
Friday, Feb. 22, 2008
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