Werth Lecture in Chemistry
Jan 28, 2009
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DR. DREW RUTHERFORD, chair/professor, Chemistry
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
WERTH LECTURE IN CHEMISTRY
Dr. Peter Agre will present the annual Richard G. Werth Lecture in Chemistry at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5 in the Knutson Center Centrum at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. Agre’s lecture is titled “My Life in Science.” He will also speak at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6 on “Aquaporin Water Channels: The Nobel Lecture” in Jones 212. Both lectures are free and open to the public.
Agre is university professor and director at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering aquaporins, a family of water channel proteins found in nature. These proteins are responsible for numerous physiological processes in humans and are implicated in multiple clinical disorders.
A native Minnesotan, Agre earned a degree in chemistry from Augsburg College in 1970 and a medical degree at Johns Hopkins in 1974. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Agre has received numerous other honors. In February 2008, he became president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.
"In my life, I have met people who have motivated me to be a better scientist, and people who have inspired me to be a better person but until I met Dr. Agre, I had not encountered someone who did both," says Dr. Drew Rutherford, associate professor and chair of the chemistry department.
The Richard G. Werth Lecture in Chemistry is funded by an endowment established by his Richard’s wife, Wilma, and their son, Gerald, to exemplify excellence in the teaching of chemistry, and to promote an understanding of the many careers in chemistry.