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September 8, 2005
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UC Berkeley biochemist to present Schowen Lecture on Sept. 15

LAWRENCE -- Judith P. Klinman, professor of chemistry and molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, will present the Richard L. Schowen Lecture in Bio-organic Chemistry at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 in 130 Budig Hall. The lecture series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas.

Klinman's lecture is titled "After the Research There Is Laundry." She has had a long, highly innovative and distinguished career in the sciences. Two groundbreaking discoveries have come from her leadership in the past decade, the first involving protein cofactors and the second concerning the nature of enzyme catalysis.

Klinman received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and carried out postdoctoral research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and at the Institute for Cancer Research, Philadelphia. She was the first female faculty member in the physical sciences at UC Berkeley and the first female chairman of its Department of Chemistry. She also served as president of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

In light of her experiences, Klinman has worked toward diversifying the faculty at Berkeley and encouraging female and minority students to pursue careers in academia.

The Schowen Lecture series is funded by former students, colleagues and friends of Richard L. Schowen, who retired in July 2000 after 37 years of teaching chemistry at KU. Schowen's career spanned a range of expertise in the chemical, biological and pharmaceutical sciences. His numerous awards included the Summerfield Distinguished Chair in Chemistry, the Midwest Award of the American Chemical Society and an honorary doctorate from Martin Luther University in Germany.

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