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2017 Elizabeth O. King Lecture with Penny Chisholm, Ph.D.

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Join us on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 for the 3rd annual Elizabeth O. King Lecture with Dr. Penny Chisholm, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The lecture will take place at 5:30 and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

This annual lecture is named in honor of the American bacteriologist Elizabeth O. King, who discovered the Gram-negative bacillus Elizabethkingia meningoseptica while she was working on unclassified bacteria associated with meningitis in infants at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Chisholm Laboratory studies the marine microorganism Prochlorococcus, ­­the smallest phytoplankter in the sea. Discovered only 30 years ago, it is the most abundant photosynthetic cell on the planet and plays a role in regulating Earth’s atmosphere. The early ancestors of this tiny cell may have played a role in the slow rise of atmospheric oxygen that led to the evolution of higher organisms on Earth, including humans. How can such a simple cell dominate the oceans? How might climate change influence it? How would it respond to large scale ocean geoengineering? These questions, and how Prochlorococcus was discovered, will be addressed in this lecture.

This lecture is supported by the Audrey Rheinstrom and Anne Blevins Fund, that was founded by the trust of Audrey Rheinstrom.

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