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Lyceum Society May 2016 Meeting


for Members

Lyceum Society May 2016 Meeting

Monday, May 2, 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: 12:45–1:00 PM
Lecture & Discussion: 1:00–3:00 PM

Brief-Brief Presentation:
Speaker: Clifton Hotvedt
How the New PCSK9 Cholesterol (Lowering) Drug Works

Main Presentation:
Speaker: Joel Kirman
Vienna: Freud, Art, Neural Science; A Review of "The Age of Insight"


Clif Hotvedt

Clif Hotvedt's diverse scientific background reflects his experience in the pharmaceutical industry, as a medical writer at Ives Laboratories and at leading public relations firms including Robert Marston & Associates, Manning Selvage & Lee and Ketchum, where he was vice president and global director of medical & scientific affairs. For 40 years, he has counseled companies on over 100 small molecule drugs, biologicals and devices for indications including cardiovascular disease, rheumatology, metabolic disease, dermatology, central nervous system disease, vaccines, infectious disease and cancer. A New Mexico State University graduate in secondary education and journalism, Clif has used his teaching background to develop and present courses on the FDA approval process, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and biostatistics among other topics for coworkers and clients. At our November, 2015 meeting he delivered the main presentation on "The Drug Approval Process."

Joel Kirman, MS

Joel J. Kirman received a BS from the City College of NY, and an MS from CUNY: both in Chemical Engineering. Professionally a Process Manager, he designed petrochemical plants, practicing a specialty in the heating and reaction of fluids at high temperatures. Through his own firm, Envirodactics Co., he was a consulting engineer. His focus on this topic was prompted by personal experiences.

He has served as Chair of the N.Y. Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Chair of the Engineering Section of the N.Y. Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of AIChE, a member of the Society for the History of Technology, and the Secretary of the Lyceum Society. For several years he taught a course in the History of Invention at The New School. His hobby is to delve into the history, technology, and development of our industrial culture. "I remain curious about how the material side of our civilization got to where it is." He has made 12 Main Presentations to the Lyceum Society, including "Materials and Techniques of Art" (No 1), and "Formation and Extraction of Fossil Fuels" (No 12). In October 2015 he gave a Brief Presentation on "The Early Codex, its Technology & its role in Religion, Law and Literature."

Registration Pricing

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

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