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Lauren Ward
412-268-7761

For immediate release:
March 3, 2004

Carnegie Mellon to Award Dickson Prize to Top Cell Biologist

EVENT: Carnegie Mellon University will award its prestigious Dickson Prize in Science to Marc W. Kirschner, a pioneering cell biologist. Since the early 1970s, Kirschner's groundbreaking research has contributed to our understanding of the cell cycle and the complex set of biochemical events that must be orchestrated perfectly as the cell prepares for, executes and completes cell division. His ongoing research investigates the regulation of the cell cycle, the role the cytoskeleton plays in cell form and structure, and the mechanisms that control and regulate vertebrate embryo development.

Kirschner, chair of the newly established Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, was the founding chair of the Department of Cell Biology and a founder of Harvard's Institute for Chemistry and Cell Biology. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Kirschner has received numerous honors, including the E.B. Wilson Medal, the American Society of Cell Biology's highest scientific honor.

As part of the prize ceremony, Kirschner will deliver a lecture entitled "Timing the Inner Cell Cycle," during which he will discuss how external signals modify the internal cell cycle. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Dickson Prize in Science is given annually to an individual judged by Carnegie Mellon as making the greatest strides in a scientific field in the past year.

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30

WHERE: McConomy Auditorium, University Center, Carnegie Mellon University Reception immediately following the lecture, Rangos 1, University Center

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