February 20, 2013
Westerville, OH— Otterbein University will present a lecture by renowned molecular microbiologist Dr. Tina Henkin titled, “Flipping the Switch: How cells use RNA to regulate gene expression,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The lecture is sponsored by the 2013 Science Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.
Henkin was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences in 2012 and shared the prestigious National Academies of Science Pfizer Prize in 2006 for her discovery of riboswitches, a novel form of gene regulation. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Swarthmore College and her doctorate degree in genetics from the University of Wisconsin. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology and microbiology at Tufts University Medical School. She is the current chair of the Department of Microbiology at The Ohio State University and a member of the Center for RNA Biology, the Biochemistry Program and the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Program at OSU.
The Science Lecture Series, originally called the Science 2000 Seminars, began in 1987 after the inspiration of Dr. Philip Barnhart, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Dr. Jerry Jenkins, Chair of the Department of Chemistry. After establishing the seminars for three years via funding from The Westinghouse Educational Foundation, Barnhart and Jenkins were hopeful that the lectures would become an annual event. In 1989, following a bequest from Mildred K. White, the George W. and Mildred K. White Science Seminar Fund was established to support scientific enrichment. The George W. and Mildred K. White Science Seminar Fund established a quasi-endowment, income and principal of which are used to sponsor the annual scientific seminars. Through these seminars, national leaders in science and technology share their insights about the future of scientific endeavor. For more information, visit www.otterbein.edu/public/Academics/EnrichmentPrograms/ScienceLectureSeries.aspx.