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Sickle cell researcher to talk about finding a cure Jan. 31

Jim Barlow, Life Sciences editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Dr. William A. Eaton, the chief of the Laboratory of Chemical Physics at the National Institutes of Health, will give a public lecture, "Searching for a Cure of Sickle Cell Disease," Jan. 31 (Thursday) beginning at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, 405 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana.

Eaton, an adjunct professor in both the department of chemistry and the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania, also will give a more technical talk, "Understanding Molecular Processes in Biology," Feb. 1 (Friday) beginning at noon in the auditorium (room B102) of the Chemical and Life Sciences Building, 601 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.

Eaton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Association of American Physicians and a fellow of the American Physical Society. He is a visiting professor at Harvard University.

His research utilizes physical methods to study biomedical problems and has included investigation of the dynamics and function of proteins and of the molecular pathophysiology of sickle cell disease.

Eaton's visit is sponsored by the Visiting Scholar program of the Phi Beta Kappa Society to enable chapters to bring distinguished scholars to their campuses.

Eaton's visit has been arranged through the local Phi Beta Kappa Society and is co-sponsored by the colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine, the schools of Chemical Sciences and of Molecular and Cellular Biology, the Beckman Institute, and the departments of biochemistry, physics and veterinary pathobiology.