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03/02/94

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"Discover Stanford' community lecture series announced

STANFORD -- A new community lecture series, "Discover Stanford," featuring faculty members who are experts in fields of current concern and interest, will take place on three evenings beginning in March at Kresge Auditorium.

The series, sponsored by the Office of Public Affairs and the Continuing Studies Program, is also an official event of the city of Palo Alto's Centennial 1994. All talks are free and open to the public.

Kresge Auditorium is located next to the Stanford Law School off Campus Drive East and Alvarado Row. All seating is first-come, first- served.

Speakers and their topics are:

  • Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m., Dr. Lucy Shapiro, professor and chairwoman of developmental biology, will speak on "From Eggs to Elephants: Genes, Embryos and Medicine." Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss will introduce Shapiro, who will focus on the mysterious world of genes and embryos and how their study leads to new understandings and cures in medicine.
  • Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m., Dr. David Botstein, professor and chairman of genetics, will answer the question, "If They're Not Cloning Dinosaurs, What Are They Doing?" Botstein, an expert on the use of genetic methods to understand biological functions, is a key player in the ongoing effort to map the human genome.
  • Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m., Haresh Shah, professor and chairman of civil engineering, will discuss "Shake, Rattle and Roll on the Peninsula: What Do We Know About the Next Big One?" Shah will highlight his talk with slides he and his students took after the Northridge quake in January.

For more information, call (415) 725-2650.

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