UCSF Chancellor in Conversation with Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn

July 23, 2010

UCSF Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, and Nobel Laureate Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, will be the highlight of the Commonwealth Club of California on August 4, as part of a month-long forum honoring women of extraordinary achievement in technology, science, adventure and civil rights.

In a discussion titled, A Life in Science, Desmond-Hellmann will lead a conversation with Blackburn, professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF, who won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Oct. 5, 2009, for her co-discovery of an enzyme called telomerase that plays a key role in aging and cancer.

The conversation will focus on their experiences in a life of science, and specifically, Blackburn’s belief in the importance of curiosity in childhood, trusting one’s instinct to overcome naysayers, skirting the “safe” scientific projects, and the difference between good and bad stress.

Tickets available online at the Commonwealth Club website.
As a partner for this event, UCSF staff can purchase tickets at the member rate of $8.  Student tickets are $7 (with a valid student ID).