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Westminster's Biology Department Continues Sesquicentennial Celebration

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Posted on Friday, September 6, 2002

Dr. Patrick McCarthy, professor of biology at Westminster College, continues its sesquicentennial celebration with the fourth in the seven-part series of biology seminars, "The Genetics All Star Team," Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in Phillips Lecture Hall.

"Thousands of people have contributed to our understanding of heredity and genes," said McCarthy. "I will focus on nine of those people, whose work has shaped the field of genetics as it exists in 2002, the sesquicentennial year of Westminster College. In my opinion, they are the The Genetics All Star Team.

"The 20th century witnessed a flurry of experimental investigations into the nature of the gene, many of which received the ultimate scientific recognition of the Nobel Prize," continued McCarthy. "But much is yet to be done and many biologists anticipate that many more exciting findings in genetics will characterize the 21st century"

McCarthy, who has been with Westminster College since 1970, earned his undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. from Wayne State University. He has taken post-doctoral study in genetics at Bar Harbor, Maine, and earned a National Science Foundation grant.

For more information, contact McCarthy at (724) 946-7211 or e-mail