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President’s Lecture series to host January 25 virtual discussion of Nobel Prize topics

ISSUED: 13 January 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s President’s Lecture Series will host a virtual discussion about the 2020 Nobel Prizes on Monday, January 25, at 6:30 p.m. Several Shepherd University faculty members and an alumnus will discuss the topics of the 2020 Nobel Prize awards. It is hoped that the presentation will give the audience a clearer understanding of the research topics that the Nobel committee deemed significant when it awarded the prizes.

Dr. Zachary Grimes, a Shepherd 2012 graduate and pathologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City, will discuss the Discovery of the Hepatitis C Virus for Medicine; Dr. James Pate, assistant professor of English, will discuss Poetry for Literature; Dr. Burton Lidgerding, associate professor emeritus of biology, will discuss the Development of the CRISPR-Cas9 Method for Genome Editing in Chemistry; Dr. Kathleen Reid, professor of economics, will discuss the Improvements to Auction Theory for Economics; and Dr. Jason Best, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, will discuss the Improved Understanding of the Universe including work on Black Holes for Physics.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place via Zoom. To register, contact Karen Rice, director of Lifelong Learning, at

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