Storer Lectureship Archive 2016-Present

A History of Scientific Discovery

The Tracy and Ruth Storer Lectureship in the Life Sciences was established in 1960,  to invite distinguished biological scientists to campus to present lectures and meet with faculty members and graduate students in their field of interest.

Past Storer Lectures have included Nobel laureates, members of the National Academy of Science and acclaimed authors in medicine and the life sciences.

May 7, 2018
Bacteria of the Candidate Phyla Radiation

Presenter: Dr. Jill Banfield, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

Dr. Banfield also holds an appointment in the geochemistry group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her expertise is in geomicrobiology and microbial communities. She is interested in understanding the relationship between microorganisms and their natural environments. Dr. Banfield was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2000, the Dana Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America in 2010, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science in 2011, and the L’Oreal-UNESCO award for Women in Science in 2011. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 and to the Australian Academy of Science in 2015.

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March 12, 2018
From Single to Collective Cell Motility: What Can We Learn from Using Mathematics?

Presenter: Leah Edelstein-Keshet, Professor of Mathematics University of British Columbia

Dr. Edelstein-Keshet is a mathematical biologist and has made far-reaching contributions to the mathematics and modeling of the cell, the immune system and biological swarms, as well as applied mathematics education. In 1995, she became the first female president of the Society for Mathematical Biology. She was awarded the Krieger-Nelson Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society in 2003, and became a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2014. Dr. Keshet authored the SIAM book Mathematical Models in Biology.

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March 7-8, 2018
Shapeshifting Genomes: Learning About Genome Evolution from Cancer (Public Lecture)
Mechanisms Driving Rapid Genome Evolution (Scientific Lecture)

Presenter: David Pellman, Professor of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dr. Pellman uses a combination of genetics, biochemistry, and live-cell imaging to study mechanisms underlying cell division and the maintenance of genome stability. He seeks to understand how cell division defects shape cancer genomes and develop new therapeutic strategies for cancer. Pellman received the E. Mead Johnson Award from the Society for Pediatric Research and was named a Stohlman Scholar by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  He became a Howard Hughes Investigator in 2008.

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January 24, 2018
The Future of Coral Reefs

Presenter: Peter J. Mumby, professor, Marine and Spatial Ecology Laboratory, University of Queensland

Dr. Mumby specializes in coral reef ecology and management. His research interests include the measurement of resilience, trophic cascades, reef fisheries impact and management, marine protected area design under climate change, reef function and quantifying ecosystem services. Dr. Mumby received the 2010 Marsh Award for Marine Conservation from the Zoological Society of London, the 2010 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation and a 2011 Rosentiel Award for Marine Science from the University of Miami. He was named the 2015 Fellow of the International Society for Reef Studies and received the Mid-career Award from the International Society for Reef Studies for contributions to coral reef science.

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December 6, 2017
Males Exist, Does It Matter?

Presenter: Hanna Kokko, professor of evolutionary biology and environmental studies at the University of Zürich

Dr. Kokko started her career studying engineering and applied mathematics, but later became fascinated by the mathematical logic and foundation that underlies biological phenomena. Her work is at the interface between evolution and ecology. In particular, she is interested in studying the evolution and ecology of reproductive strategies and behavior in animals. She was awarded the 2010 Per Brinck Oikos Award and the British Ecological Society's Founder's Prize. Prior to her appointment at the University of Zürich, she was a professor of evolutionary ecology at the Australian National University. While in Australia, she was
named an Australian Laureate Fellow. She was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2014.

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October 25, 2017
Common Errors that Bedevil Biomedical Research and How to Fix Them

Presenter: Richard Harris, distinguished science writer and NPR correspondent on science, medicine and the environment

Harris has worked as a science correspondent with National Public Radio since 1986. Prior to this, he was a science writer at the San Francisco Examiner. He was president of the National Association of Science Writers from 1996 to 1998, co-founded the DC Science Writers Association in 1987 and served as president of the Northern California Science Writers Association. He received the 2010 AAAS/Kavli Science Journalism Award for his coverage of the BP oil spill, shared a Peabody award for reporting that the tobacco industry was aware of the hazards of smoking and was honored by the American Geophysical Union for his work on climate change. Richard now focuses on biomedicine and took a leave 2015-16 to write the book, Rigor Mortis, which details the challenges of rigor and reproducibility in biomedical research.

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May 24, 2017
Towards a Richer Evolutionary Game Theory in Biology

Presenter: John McNamara, Washington State University
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April 19, 2017
Peroxisome Dynamics in Arabidopsis

Presenter: Bonnie Bartel, Rice University
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February 22, 2017
Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution

Presenter: Eric Betzig, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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February 21, 2017
All Things Great and Small: The Role of Telescopes and Microscopes in Understanding Our Universe and Ourselves

Presenter: Eric Betzig, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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February 9, 2017
Jasper Ridge Global Change Experiment

Presenter: Chris Field, Stanford Woods Institute
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February 8, 2017
Climate Change: 2017

Presenter: Chris Field, Stanford Woods Institute
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February 2, 2017
Convergent Regulatory Evolution and the Origin of Flightlessness in Palaeognathous Birds

Presenter: Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University
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February 1, 2017
The Transition From Dinosaurs to Birds: A DNA Perspective

Presenter: Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University
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November 21, 2016
Meiotic Recombination: A Key to Chromosome Segregation, A Drive to Genome Evolution

Presenter: Bernard DeMassey, Institute of Human Genetics
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May 19, 2016
Do Fish Feel Pain?

Presenter: Victoria Braithwaite, Institute for Advanced Study
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February 25, 2016
The Evolution of Human Skin Pigmentation and its Implications for Health and Social Wellbeing

Presenter: Nina G. Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University
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January 11, 2016
Chemical Biology and Endomembrane Trafficking in Plants

Presenter: Natasha Raikhel, University of California, Riverside
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