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Collin's CASMNS Program Kicks Off Fall Speaker Series

Sept. 15, 2005 – Collin County Community College District is kicking off the Center for Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (CASMNS) fall speaker series with a lecture from Dr. Kiran Bachhawat-Sikder, instructor for the division of translational research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). Free and open to the public, Dr. Bachhawat-Sikder’s talk titled “Synthetic Ligands as Protein Capture Agents” will be held Friday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. in the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center (section AB), 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., in Plano.

According to Dr. Bachhawat-Sikder, it is the goal of scientists to eventually diagnose diseased individuals by analyzing a single drop of blood using protein-detecting microarrays as diagnostic tools. Currently, she is researching ways to fabricate these microarrays in UTSW’s research lab.

In addition to fall and spring lecture series, Collin’s CASMNS program offers undergraduate research opportunities to highly motivated and talented students enrolled in select science and mathematics courses. The college’s CASMNS professors are specialists in a wide variety of research areas ranging from predatory insects and astronomy to neuroendocrinology.

Limited seating for this lecture is available. To ensure a seat, please call 972.881.5880 by Sept. 21 and make a reservation. For more information about Collin’s CASMNS program, visit the website at