August 20, 2007

Superstar-of-Science Lecture on Wednesday, September 5 at 8 pm

The co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his groundbreaking research on the genetic origins of cancer, Dr. Harold Varmus lectures on:

  • why he left the study of literature to become a doctor
  • the future of cancer research
  • making the world’s scientific literature more easily available through public digital libraries and open access journals. (Check out the Public Library of Science at !)
As current president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the former director of the National Institutes of Health, and long-time professor of microbiology, biochemistry, and biophysics, Dr. Varmus has advanced fundamental scientific knowledge and grappled with one of medicine's most formidable challenges.

Referring to Beowulf, Dr. Varmus has said of his scientific journey: "In our adventures, we have . . . seen our monster more clearly and described his scales and fangs in new ways—ways that reveal a cancer cell to be, like Grendel, a distorted version of our normal selves."

Want to find out what Charles Dickens and Lives of a Cell have in common? Or what causes cancers and how the search for answers can lead to treatments? Don't miss this special anniversary lecture!

Groove to science-inspired tunes, check out the self-replicating bio-video, stick around for the Q&A, and don't forget to sample the Secret Science Club's Libation of the Night: the Scientific Method . . .

The "Secret Science Club" meets Wed., September 5th at 8 p.m. (and the first Wednesday night of every month) in the basement @ Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, p: 718.638.4400 Subway: R to Union St.; F to 4th Ave.; Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic

No cover charge. Just bring your smart self.

Doors open at 7:30. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE.