Southworth Planetarium Science Lecture Series 2015


Southworth Planetarium Science Lecture Series

Dr. James e Rothman

 ***Nobel Prize Winner and Scientist James E. Rothman Speaks at USM on
Monday, April 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m.***

Hannaford Hall

Abromson Center

USM Portland Campus

2013 Nobel Laureate and Yale University Medical School Chair James E.
Rothman, Ph.D., will present a lecture titled, "Patience and Urgency:
Lessons Learned in a Life of Science" This lecture is free (donations
welcomed) and open to the public.

Professor Rothman will speak about his scientific career, and how hard
work, collaboration and focus led to the important discoveries that
made him a Nobel Prize winner, and the importance of those qualities in all
scientific research.

Chair of the Department of Cell Biology at the Yale University Medical
School, Rothman shared the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
with Randy W. Schekman, professor of molecular and cell biology at the
University of California, Berkeley, and Thomas C. Südhof, Avram
Goldstein Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the
Stanford University School of Medicine.

The three scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize for solving the
mystery of how the cell organizes its transport system. Each cell is a
factory that produces and exports molecules. For instance, insulin is
manufactured and released into the blood and signaling molecules
called neurotransmitters are sent from one nerve cell to another. These
molecules are transported around the cell in small packages called
vesicles. Through their discoveries, Rothman, Schekman and Südhof
revealed the exquisitely precise control system for the transport and
delivery of cellular cargo. Disturbances in this system have harmful
effects and contribute to conditions such as neurological diseases,
diabetes, and immunological disorders.

Specifically, Professor Rothman "explored how vesicles can reach the
correct destination in a cell and then deliver their molecular cargo,"
according to the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute.

Professor Rothman is connected to USM on a more personal level as
well. He was a college classmate with Professor Jerry LaSala, chair of USM's
Department of Physics. Professor LaSala attended the weeklong Nobel
celebrations in Stockholm when Professor Rothman was awarded the
prize. The two continue to be lifelong friends.

The lecture is a part of USM's Southworth Planetarium Science Lecture
Series, but due to anticipated crowd size, the event will be held in
Hannaford Hall. The event is open to the public, and admission is by

James E. Rothman was born 1950 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA. He
received his Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1976, was a
postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and
in 1978 to Stanford University in California, where he started his
research on the vesicles of the cell. Rothman has also worked at
Princeton University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute and
Columbia University. In 2008, he joined the faculty of Yale University
in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, where he is currently Professor and
Chair in the Department of Cell Biology.

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