Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Host Rebecca Skloot,
Author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
Event: Carnegie Mellon University's English Department and the Victor M. Bearg Science and Humanities Scholars Speaker Series will host award-winning science writer and author Rebecca Skloot to discuss her new book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." This nonfiction work tells the story of an African American whose cancer cells — taken without her knowledge in the 1950s by doctors at Johns Hopkins — became the first "immortal" human cells grown in culture. These "HeLa" cells have played important roles in medical research from the development of polio vaccine to current work in in vitro fertilization and gene mapping.
Skloot's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Discover, the Columbia Journalism Review and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is a contributing editor for Popular Science magazine and also has been a correspondent for NPR and PBS. She teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Memphis. Skloot has an undergraduate degree in biomedical science from Colorado State University and a master's degree in nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Following the lecture, Skloot will sign copies of her book.
When: 3:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26.
Where: Carnegie Mellon University, Baker Hall Steinberg Auditorium (A53).