Chancellor Message 3/31/10

Message to Campus
RE Dr. Francis Collins Lecture

Dear Colleagues and Students:

It is my honor to invite you to hear Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, who will be in Chicago to discuss his vision for the NIH and his thoughts and reflections on new scientific frontiers on Saturday, April 24.

Dr. Collins was my esteemed colleague at the University of Michigan, and we are both members of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. I am delighted that he was able to accept my invitation to speak in Chicago. The importance of his visit is underscored by the co-sponsorship of this event by Morton Schapiro, president of Northwestern University, and Robert Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago. The faculties, staffs, and students of all three of our institutions are encouraged to attend. Dr. Collins has expressed his desire to address graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in particular.

Since all space is reserved for conferences at UIC that day, Northwestern has graciously offered a venue. The lecture will take place 2 p.m. in the Hughes Auditorium of the Lurie Medical Research Center, 303 East Superior Street, Chicago, on Saturday, April 24.

Dr. Collins was named to head the NIH by President Obama last summer. He is a physician-scientist noted for his landmark discoveries of many important disease genes and for his successful leadership of the Human Genome Project. He is also known for his devout religious beliefs and interest in the interface between science and faith, as author of the best-selling “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.” He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 and the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed on scientists by the U.S. government, in 2009.

You may RSVP for the lecture at I hope you will be able to join us on April 24 for what promises to be a most illuminating presentation.


Paula Allen-Meares