Thirty-Second Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture

(Durham, NC)–The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will host the Thirty-Second Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture on April 12, 2010. This year’s speaker is Stephen West, PhD. Dr. West is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences and a member of EMBO. He has received many awards, including the Swiss Bridge Prize Award for Cancer Research in 2001 and again in 2009, the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine in 2007, and the Novartis medal and prize from the Biochemical Society in 2008.

Stephen C. West, PhD
Cancer Research UK – London Research Institute
Clare Hall Laboratories
South Mimms
Herts EN6 3LD, UK
Seminar: TBA

103 Bryan Research Building
Reception to follow lecture

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The annual McGinnis Memorial Lecture was established by the staff and students of the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology in 1979 to honor the memory of James William McGinnis, Jr.

Jim was born March 13, 1951, in Greensboro, N.C. He grew up in Cary; graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.; received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1973; completed the first year of medical school at Duke; transferred to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology; and was a doctoral candidate here at the time of his death, March 11, 1978, in a canoeing accident. His research involved in vitro translation and RNase III processing of avian tumor virus (RSV) RNA. The Ph.D. was awarded posthumously. His postdoctoral work was to be with Dr. Fred Sanger, Cambridge, England.

Science was Jim’s first allegiance, but he relished excellence in music, sports, literature, and art. He loved philosophy, enjoyed nature, and prized friendship. Learning was exhilarating to him,
and, to this good end, the lecture is dedicated.