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Award-winning chemist to speak at Ott Lecture

Posted on October 12, 2012

An award-winning pioneer in chemical methods is the featured speaker for the Grand Valley State University Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry.
Kevan Shokat is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California at San Francisco. He is a pioneer in the development of chemical methods for investigating cellular pathways. Shokat has received numerous awards including the Eli Lilly Award, given to the most promising biological chemist in the country under the age of 37. He has been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (2010), the Institute of Medicine (2011) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011).
Shokat will give a public lecture on Tuesday, October 16, and a seminar for students on Wednesday, October 17. 

October 16
“Cancer Drug Discovery: Targeting How Cells make Decisions”
5 p.m. reception
6 p.m. lecture
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus

October 17
“Chemical Genetic Analysis of Kinase Signaling Pathways”
1 p.m. chemistry seminar
123 Manitou Hall, Allendale Campus

The Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry was created and endowed by a gift from Arnold C. Ott and Marion Ott. Arnold Ott received his doctorate in 1943 from Michigan State University in chemistry, physics and bacteriology and was a leading chemist and entrepreneur in West Michigan. He was one of the co-founders of Grand Valley State University and served on the GVSU Board of Trustees for 28 years.

For more information, contact the GVSU Chemistry Department at (616) 331-3317.


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