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Lyceum Society March 2016 Meeting


for Members

Lyceum Society March 2016 Meeting

Monday, March 7, 2016

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Lyceum Society


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: 12:50-1:15 PM
Lecture & Discussion: 1:15–3:00 PM

Brief-Brief Presentation:
Speaker: Harmon McAllister
The Vast Unseen - Development of the First Underwater Microscope

Main Presentation:
Speaker: Irving Sivin
Life Expectancy and Longevity

Speaker Bios

Harmon McAllister

Dr. McAllister received his BS (Chemistry) from UNC, Chapel Hill, 1958, and PhD (Biochemistry) from UNC Medical School, 1963. After two postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of Michigan and Kentucky medical schools, he joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department, Biochemistry division, at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI; in 1967 becoming Director of Institutional Research. He was the last Scientific Director of the Council for Tobacco Research, a biomedical research funding agency in Manhattan.  He spoke to the Lyceum Society in 2012 on Biomedical Research on smoking-related diseases ; in 2014 on The genetics of heart disease and in 2015 on A short history of enzymes - bioengineering on a tight budget.  In addition to publishing scientific articles in the field of molecular biology, he co-authored a textbook "An Introduction to General, Organic and Biological Chemistry".

Irving Sivin

Irving Sivin graduated from the University of Chicago (1950-BA), then Columbia University (1953 MA) with degrees in History, then pivoted to receive a diploma from the Indian Statistical Institute in Calcutta, 1957. He served as a mathematical statistician at the US Bureau of Census, and subsequently as an advisor to the government of Thailand’s Statistical Institute in planning national household surveys and the 1970 Thai Census. Returning he joined the Population Council, an NGO with demographic, biomedical and technical assistance divisions, dedicated to providing families and  women in developing countries with affordable and effective contraceptive methods and safe methods of medical abortion.  Irv  served the Population Council as a senior scientist  in statistics, designing , supervising and analyzing  clinical trials of new contraceptives,  submitting  the results to the FDA for approval of Copper IUDs, contraceptive implants, progestin only IUDs, and mifepristone (RU486). He wrote 135 peer reviewed papers, published in the New England Journal, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Human Reproduction, etc. He wrote book chapters and one book.

While at the Pop Council, Irv, (for a dozen years), taught basic statistics to undergraduates at Baruch College and probability sampling theory and applications to graduate students of CUNY. He also taught survival analysis and life table construction at the School of Public Health in Tianjin, China (1980) under the auspices of the UN. In 2008 Irv was awarded a prize for lifetime achievement by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Today Irv is serving as the elected American member of the Board of Directors of the European Society for Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, and is one of the editors of its professional journal.

Registration Pricing

Member (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$0
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$10

Travel & Lodging

Our Location

The New York Academy of Sciences

7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor
New York, NY 10007-2157

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