Clarke Lecture to Discuss Environmental Chemicals and Cancer

posted on February 23, 2007

Clarke College is pleased to announce that this year’s Mary Murphy, BVM Endowed Lecture in Biology will be presented by Colin R. Jefcoate, Ph.D., distinguished professor of pharmacology at the College of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Environmental Health Services Center for Developmental Toxicology. Jefcoate will present “Environmental Chemicals and Cancer: What Have We Learned Lately?” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend

In the lecture, Jefcoate will explain the basic ideas of how chemicals cause cancer, which chemicals are “active,” and how this has been studied in human populations to provide risk factors for the public.  He will also explain recent ideas about differences in individual risk, as well as new ideas about how cancers arise from stem cells and the implication of this on assessing cancers.
The main focus of Jefcoate’s research has been studying the toxicity of various environmental agents and cancer.  In addition to his professional affiliations, he is the author or co-author of over 180 peer-reviewed articles. Jefcoate holds a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in chemistry from Oxford College in England. He served as a NATO Fellow at Basel College in Switzerland and as a NATO and NIH Fellow at Cornell College.

The Mary Murphy, BVM Endowed Lecture in Biology was established in memory of Dr. Mary Murphy, BVM, who died on January 25, 1999, of ovarian cancer. Murphy was a highly respected member of the Clarke College faculty, chairperson of the Department of Biology (1992-1998), and former Board of Trustees member.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.


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