February 20, 2009
ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UCSD
ALL STUDENTS AT UCSD
We are pleased, once again, to join with San Diego State University and the University of San Diego in hosting the annual Kyoto Laureate Symposium in San Diego March 18 to 21.
We are especially delighted this year to host Anthony James Pawson, winner of the Kyoto Prize in "Basic Sciences," which this year focuses on the field of Life Sciences: Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Neurobiology. He received the award for proposing and proving the concept of adapter molecules, which has established one of the basic paradigms in intracellular signal transduction.
Dr. Pawson will present his lecture on Thursday, March 19, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Price Center Ballrooms A&B, with a reception to follow. For his diverse audience, composed of both colleagues and students, he will discuss how our cellular dialogue works, what goes wrong with the communication process in diseases such as cancer, and the possibilities for new therapies opened by this understanding. In particular, he will talk about the way information is conveyed within the cell, how cells are reorganized in disease, and the importance of scientific research for the future.
A welcome will be extended by Mark H. Thiemens, Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, and Susan S. Taylor, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, serving as Invited Scholar.
The other Kyoto Laureate speakers this year are Richard M. Karp, computer scientist from the University of California, Berkeley, presenting the Advance Technology talk at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, at SDSU, and Charles Margrave Taylor, professor emeritus from McGill University, presenting the Arts and Philosophy lecture at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 20, at the University of San Diego.
All lecture events are free. I encourage you to register for the UC San Diego event to be held on Thursday, March 19, at http://www.kyotoprize.org