Teaching the Cutting Edge: Martin Chalfie

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Teaching the Cutting Edge: Martin Chalfie

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The New York Academy of Sciences

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From Glowing Worms to Tickling Nerves

If you’ve taught middle or high school science, you may have genetically engineered bacteria to glow using green florescent protein (GFP). This now standard technique revolutionized our ability to see and explore the inner workings of cells and earned Martin Chalfie, Osamu Shimomura, and Roger Y. Tsien the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Join us to discuss the discovery and development of GFP and the biological revolution it caused.

Professor Chalfie will tell us how the combination of a nematode, a jelly fish, his eyebrow hairs and a month’s worth of taking the garbage out lead him to develop GFP as a biological marker and use it in his life’s work on nerve cell development and growth. Chalfie is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University and former chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Professor Chalfie will kick off the New York Academy of Sciences series Teaching the Cutting Edge, a content series designed to connect world-class scientific speakers with New York City teachers through inspiring and informative seminars and resources that teachers can bring back to their classrooms.

Please join us for a free welcome reception from 6 - 7pm.

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