Dominican's Science Lecture Series

Dominican University of California’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics invites the public to attend its fall series of lectures, including a week-long seminar titled “From Laboratory Bench to Marketplace” offered in association with BioMarin.

The lectures, free of charge, will be in Guzman Lecture Hall, located in Guzman Hall on Acacia Avenue in San Rafael. Parking is available in the lot at the intersection of Grand and Acacia avenues. For more information, please call 415-257-0118.

Thursday, October 9, 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Phil Harriman will discuss “The Unusual Biology of Antarctica.” Dr. Harriman, a geneticist and microbial expert, co-founder of the National Science Foundation's Life in Extreme Environments program.

Monday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Frances Gulland will discuss “Ocean Stewardship.” This event is co-sponsored by the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.
M.E.A. McNeil will discuss “Food and Farming on the Urban Edge, Bees: Our Polinators in Distress.”
(Co sponsored with Marin Agricultural Land Trust)

Honey bees, responsible for pollinating a third of the food we eat, are in crisis. This slide show and talk by Journalist and Master Beekeeper M.E.A. McNeil explores the working hypothesis of the researchers focused on a mystery full of clues. M.E.A, the president of the Marin Bee Keepers Association, will discuss ways to help the bees by gardening nectar plants and providing habitat for native bees. A honey tasting will follow.

Thursday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Mohamed Elrefaei, California Department of Health Services, will discuss “International HIV Vaccine Trial in Uganda.”

Thursday, October 23 – December 3. All lectures begin at 5:00 p.m.
Dominican University of California, BioMarin Science Seminar: “From Laboratory Bench to Marketplace”

This is a special series of talks sponsored by BioMarin and led by BioMarin scientist Dr. Michael Vellard, an adjunct professor in Dominican’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Each talk with feature scientists from BioMarin discussing their area of expertise.

Dr. Vellard, who joined BioMarin Pharmaceutical’s research department in 1999, directs research focused on finding treatments for rare genetic diseases, including Phenylketonuria and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

 The seminar features:

  • Michael Vellard, research, Thursday, October 23,
  • Shilpa Shroff, production-purification, Thursday, October 30
  • Kathryn Davidson, regulatory issues, Thursday, November 6, 2008
  • Candice Henkel, clinical trials. Thursday, November 13
  • Chris Schelling, commercialization. Thursday, November 20
  • Andy Tincu, business development. Wednesday, December 3, 2008