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Public symposium to be part of National Academy of Sciences meeting Feb. 20

Leading Princeton scientists will speak on subjects ranging from the structure of brains to the structure of the universe at a symposium on Tuesday, February 20.

The symposium, part of a regional meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in room 302 of the Frist Campus Center.

The syposium is organized by biologist Shirley Tilghman and will feature three speakers:

  • Professor of psychology Elizabeth Gould will discuss recent advances in neuroscience, focusing on the finding that the growth of new brain cells, once thought to occur only in youth, takes place throughout adulthood. Her talk is titled "Neurogenesis in the Adult Mammalian Brain."
  • Astrophysicist and Princeton Provost Jeremiah Ostriker will describe the latest insights into the origin and structure of the universe in his talk "Advances in Cosmology."
  • Biologist and Nobel laureate Eric Wieschaus will discuss the genetic factors that drive early development in his talk titled "Patterning Cell Fat in the Drosophila Embryo - Gradients, Gene Activities and Cellular Responses."

    The event is free and open to the public.

    For more information, call the National Academy of Sciences at (202) 334-2444 or click here .

    Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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