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12th annual Long Lecture to host biophysical chemist

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Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019

NEW WILMINGTON, PA – The Westminster College Department of Chemistry will host biophysical chemist Dr. Rita Mihailescu for the 12th annual Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Dietz Sullivan Lecture Hall in Westminster’s Hoyt Science Center.

In her lecture, “The Power of 4G: Functions in Health and Disease,” Mihailescu will discuss the body’s G quadruplex structure and its role in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia; Alzheimer’s; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease; and Fragile X syndrome, also known as Martin-Bell syndrome.

Mihailescu is a professor in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Duquesne University.

The lecture series is funded by Dr. Ken Long, Westminster professor of chemistry emeritus, and his wife, Nancy, to invite chemists to speak with students on campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Katie Miller at 724-946-7404 or