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Nobel Laureates Highlight Albany 2015: 19th Conversation, June 9-13

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 3, 2015) -- Nobel Laureates Phillip A. Sharp, and Martin Karplus will deliver the keynote addresses at Albany 2015: 19th Conversation, an annual conference hosted by the University at Albany that brings together researchers from across the globe to discuss the latest in scientific discovery.

Karplus, the Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, will deliver his Nobel Lecture on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 8:10 p.m., immediately following UAlbany Provost James Stellar's welcome remarks to the delegates at the University.

Nobel Laureates Phillip Sharp and Martin Karplus
UAlbany will host Nobel Laureates Phillip Sharp and Martin Karplus on June 10th and 11th as part of Albany 2015: 19th Conversation.

Sharp, Institute Professor, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will deliver the keynote address, "The 21st Century opened with a revolution in RNA Biology," on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8 p.m.

The lectures by the Nobel Laureates are open to the public, and will be held in Lecture Center-18 on UAlbany's uptown campus.

Organized by Ramaswamy H. Sarma, Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry at UAlbany, and sponsored by the University’s Departments of Chemistry and Biological Sciences, and the National Science Foundation, the Conversation continues to draw more than 300 delegates from over 20 countries.

"This Conversation is a very old academic enterprise at UAlbany. Originating in 1979, the conference remains true to its core principle of responsibly covering the changing dynamics in structural biology in a purely academic setting, within the matrix of an urban university, at a cost that graduate students can afford. It derives its vitality and continuing energy from the large number of students who come here and return rejuvenated," said Sarma. "I'm delighted that the University at Albany has remained a proud supporter of this important series.”

In addition to the keynotes by the Nobel Laureates, a wide range of scientists from across the globe will present their thoughts and discoveries on current developments in structural dynamics of biological systems with heavy emphasis on computational structural biology such as molecular simulations, molecular machines, DNA nanotechnologies, and drug design.

The full list of The 19th Conversation’s topics and speakers can be viewed here. For additional information, contact Dr. Ramaswamy Sarma.

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