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Collin to Host Acclaimed Scientist as Scholar-in-Residence

Collin to Host Acclaimed Scientist as Scholar-in-Residence

February 26, 2007- Collin County Community College District will welcome renowned scientist and professor Dr. Sanford Simon Tuesday, March 6 as the Scholar-in-Residence.

Dr. Simon will give a free and public lecture from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway. The event is sponsored by the college's Honors Institute and the Center for Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

He is currently a professor and head of the cellular biophysics laboratory at Rockefeller University in New York City.

Dr. Simon also worked in Gunter Blobel's Nobel Prize-winning lab. In 1999, Blobel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for finding that "proteins have intrinsic signals that govern their transport and localization in the cell," according to the Nobel Prize press release.

He also is currently working with EduChange, an organization that provides strategies and solutions to problems in education, to rewrite science curriculum for New York City public schools.

In 1977, Dr. Simon received his bachelor of arts degree in neuroscience from Princeton University. He earned a master of arts and doctorate from the New York University Medical Center in physiology and biophysics. His post-doctoral work from 1984-89 was done in cellular biology under Blobel at Rockefeller University.

Dr. Simon will host an informal meeting and question-and-answer session from 1-3 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus, Room F110.

For more information about Dr. Simon's visit or the Scholar-in-Residence, visit the Honors Institute website at

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