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UTSA to host Nov. 15 lecture by acclaimed stem cell researcher

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(Nov. 13, 2012) -- The UTSA College of Sciences will host the Provost's Distinguished Lecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.104) on the UTSA Main Campus. Kevin Eggan, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Harvard University professor, will speak on "Untangling the Scientific and Societal Complexities of Stem Cell Research." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Recognized in 2007 by Scientific American as one of the "50 Most Influential People in Science," Eggan has garnered international recognition as a burgeoning young investigator in the field of stem cell biology.

Eggan received his bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois and his doctoral degree in microbiology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As a graduate student, he pursued projects focusing on cloning stem cells and reprogramming after nuclear transfer under the guidance of genetics pioneer Rudolph Jaenisch. Eggan also collaborated with Richard Axel, a 2003 Nobel Prize winner at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

His current research focuses on applying the knowledge gained in stem cell biology to developing therapies for neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease).

In 2006, Eggan's research received national recognition when two of his papers were published in Cell Stem CellandScience. One of his papers illustrated that induced pluripotent stem cells generated from adult skin cells of ALS patients can be differentiated into motor neurons.

Eggan's accolades include his selection as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist in 2009 and as a MacArthur Foundation fellow in 2006. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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