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Pasakarnis-Buchanan lecture focuses on bacterial communication

Dr. Bonnie Bassler
Dr. Bonnie Bassler

“How Bacteria Talk to Each Other” will be the topic of Princeton University’s Dr. Bonnie Bassler when she gives the eighth annual Jean Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lecture April 23. The free talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

Bassler’s research focuses on quorum sensing, the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use for intercellular communication.

She will also give a departmental lecture on “Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Quorum Sensing Control of Gene Expression in Bacteria” at 10:30 a.m. April 24 in 112 Life Sciences Building (the Buchanan Lecture Hall).

Director of graduate studies in Princeton’s molecular biology department and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, Bassler is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a 2002 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

She was awarded the 2003 Theobald Smith Society Waksman Award and the 2006 American Society for Microbiology’s Eli Lilly Investigator Award for fundamental contributions to microbiological research. She was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology in 2002 and made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004.

She is also an editor for Molecular Microbiology and Annual Reviews of Genetics, and an associate editor for the Journal of Bacteriology.

BGSU’s annual lecture series was created in 1998 through an endowment by Jean Pasakarnis-Buchanan, who graduated from the University in 1952 and went on to a 33-year career as a cytologist with Massachusetts General Hospital. She also taught cytology, which is the study of human cells, at Northeastern University. Buchanan received the Alumni Community Award from BGSU in 1972, and in 1987 set up a scholarship for biology or medical technology majors. Her lectureship endowment has allowed the University to bring some of the leading figures in biology and medicine to campus each year.

Pallister French Canadian lecture and film rescheduled

Director Hejer Charf will introduce her 2003 film, "Les Passeurs (The Go-Betweens)," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 17) in the Gish Film Theater. The event was rescheduled from Feb. 14 due to the snowstorm that closed the University that day.

Interweaving scenes from "Le chat dans le sac," Gilles Grouix's film about Quebec's Quiet Revolution, Charf employs a "cinéma direct" style and reconsiders the isolation felt by Quebec's Francophone majority. The face of Montreal has diversified, but the film—a presentation of the Pallister French Canadian Lecture and Film Series and the Gish Film Theater Endowment at BGSU—points to a future where the city's many cultures create a new collective identity.

April 16, 2007