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Nobel Prize winning cancer researcher to speak at UCR Nov. 16

Nobel Prize winning cancer researcher to speak at UCR Nov. 16

(November 13, 2000)

Nobel Prize winner Dr. J. Michael Bishop will speak Thursday, Nov. 16, at the University of California, Riverside about his career as a cancer researcher. He is the second speaker in the John A. and Betty C. Moore Science as a Way of Knowing Seminar Series. 

The lecture, scheduled for 5 p.m. in B118 Bourns Hall, is free and open to the public.  Parking costs $3. A reception at The Barn will follow his talk.

Dr. Bishop, a faculty member at UC San Francisco for more than three decades, won the Nobel Prize in 1989, along with Dr. Harold Varmus, for their work on oncogenes, a genetic factor in human cancer. Their research helped make clear what kinds of genetic damage convert normal cellular genes into cancer genes.

In July 1998, Bishop was appointed Chancellor of the UC San Francisco campus, the UC system's only campus devoted exclusively to graduate education in the health sciences.

Bishop, 64, is a respected teacher noted for his wit and his way with words. The topic of his UCR presentation is, 'How to Win a Nobel Prize: An Unexpected Life in Science.'

After a childhood in rural Pennsylvania, Bishop studied chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania and then graduated from Harvard Medical School. A postdoctoral fellowship in the Research Associate Training Program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland led him to a career in molecular biology. At UC San Francisco, he is a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, as well as in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. He serves as director of the G. W. Hooper Research Foundation and of the Program in Biological Sciences.

He has earned many honors in addition to his Nobel Prize, including awards for teaching from the students and faculty of UCSF; the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research; the Armand Hammer Cancer Prize; the Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize from the General Motors Cancer Foundation; the Gairdner Foundation International Award; the American Cancer Society National Medal of Honor; the Lila Gruber Cancer Research Award from the American Academy of Dermatology; and the American College of Physicians Award for Basic Medical Research, among others.

The Science as a Way of Knowing lecture series was named in honor of UCR Professor Emeritus John Moore and his wife, Betty, and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Moore was a member of the UCR Department of Biology from 1969 until his retirement in 1982, specializing in evolution, population genetics and developmental biology of amphibians. He is widely hailed by peers as one of the nation’s leading science educators. He chaired a national biology curriculum study in the 1960s and ’70s that is credited with improving biology curricula at the high-school level. He also compiled the seven-volume “Science as a Way of Knowing” textbook series often used in undergraduate biology education.

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