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Contact:
Chriss Swaney
412-268-5776

For immediate release:
October 25, 2004

Two Leading Cancer Researchers Visit Carnegie Mellon To Discuss Science Policy and the 2004 Presidential Race

PITTSBURGH - Harold Varmus, a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his studies of the genetic basis of cancer, and Maxine Singer, president emeritus of the Carnegie Institute of Washington, will lead a discussion about whether "science policy matters in the 2004 election" at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in McConomy Auditorium in the University Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by Scientists and Engineers for Change, a new political committee that believes science and technology are crucial building blocks for American prosperity. The committee dispatches leading scientists and engineers to college campuses and other locations nationwide to discuss a variety of science and technology issues, including global climate change and stem cell research.

Both speakers have outstanding credentials and will lead an energetic debate about the importance of science and technology in these upcoming presidential elections, according to John Peha, professor of engineering and public policy and electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon. Peha is host of the event.

Varmus has served as the president and chief operating officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York since January 2000. He was also the former director of the National Institutes of Health.

Singer spent eight years as chief of the laboratory of biochemistry at the National Cancer Institute in the National Institutes of Health before joining the Carnegie Institute.


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