Lyceum Society: Beyond the Philadelphia Chromosome
Monday, May 5, 2014
The Lyceum Society comprises the Academy's retired and semi-retired members.
Talks cover various scientific fields. All Academy members are welcome.
All Lyceum meetings (except December) are Brown Bag lunches.
Brown Bag: 11:30 AM
Brief-Brief: 12:45 PM
Lecture & Discussion: 1:00–3:00 PM
How Touching Changes Things
Speaker: Andra Miller
Touch is the sense that more than any other is fundamental to human bonding and health. A French study found that when a teacher pats students in a friendly way, they're three times as likely to speak up in class. Neuroeconomist Paul Zak says oxytocin is responsible for feelings that help build a stable society. What triggers this feel-good hormone? Touch.
Beyond the Philadelphia Chromosome
Speaker: Dr. Arline Cohn
This year's talk will describe the discovery of the Philadelphia Chromosome, the development of a treatment for the disease that it caused, (chronic myeloid leukemia), how that led to a better understanding of cancer, and the key people who spearheaded the work. To a large extent, this changed the way we treat cancer today.
Andra Miller has been a fan of science nearly all her life -- including when her father said how the ash fell off his cigarette when he flicked it: relating it to physics. Her background has been in business magazine writing and communications consulting, and her avocations have been more creative -- the performing and fine arts fields. It is from her reading that she has developed this topic. She is the President of the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
Arline Cohn, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus of Biology at CUNY. She received an MA in physiology from Hunter and a PhD in anatomy and cell biology from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She has been a member of the faculty at Downstate, Hunter, City College and York, where she has taught anatomy, physiology, histology, immunology and the biology of aging. She has been a consultant for NIH and for several years was Program Director of the NIH sponsored Minority Biomedical Research Program at York, which launched the careers of several outstanding young scientists and physicians. Her research, supported by NIH and PSC-CUNY has appeared in the Journal of Immunological Methods, Immunology Today, Clinical and Experimental Immunology and Arthritis and Rheumatism., Her previous lectures to the Lyceum Society featured Current Theories of Aging, Epigenetics, RNA Inhibition, Telomeres, TOR, Memory and Prions. Last year she spoke on Alzheimer's Disease.
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