The Maynard and Suzanne Goldman Lectureship: “Mapping the Big Tree: Where are We and What Do We Have to Do to Make Progress?”

Date(s) - 06/15/2012
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Candle House 104/105

The Maynard and Suzanne Goldman Lectureship
“Mapping the Big Tree: Where are We and What Do We Have to Do to Make Progress?” – Dr. Norman Pace, University of Colorado, Boulder – Candle House 104/105, 9:00 AM


Dr. Norman Pace currently is Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He received an A.B. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He has held faculty positions at the University of Colorado Medical Center, Indiana University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Pace works in two scientific arenas. On one hand he is a molecular biologist, and his laboratory has made substantive contributions to our understanding of RNA structure and processing. On the other hand, he is a microbial ecologist. His laboratory has pioneered the development and use of molecular tools to study microbial ecosystems. This work has led to the discovery of many novel organisms and an understanding of some unusual symbioses.

Dr. Pace is a member of the National Academy of Sciences; and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received a number of awards, including the 1996 Procter and Gamble Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Microbiology, and the 2008 Lifetime Achievement in Science Award from the RNA Society.  In 2001, he was appointed a Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


About the Maynard and Suzanne Goldman Lectureship
Suzanne and Maynard Goldman first came to Woods Hole when Maynard was named to the Council of Visitors in 1998. He served in this capacity and on the MBL’s finance committee until 2003. During this time the Goldmans developed a strong affection for the MBL’s professional staff and the exciting work being done here. Maynard and Suzanne have both had a particular interest in ongoing research and developments in the environmental sciences. Maynard has worked with a number of non-profits in this area, served as chairman of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust for more than 15 years, and has been a member of the advisory board of the National Whale Conservation Fund. The Goldmans live in Boston and Grantham, NH. They are pleased to be able to sponsor this lectureship to help continue the tradition of excellence at the MBL.

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