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Donald L. Jarvis, Department of Molecular Biology professor, will give the University of Wyoming's 2012 President's Speaker Series talk on "A Virologist Gone Buggy: A Journey from Tumor Viruses to Insect Cell Biotechnology."
Jarvis will speak at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the UW Agriculture auditorium with a reception to follow. He also will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the UW Outreach Center in Casper, 951 N. Poplar St., Room 150, followed by a reception. For more information, call the UW office of Research and Economic Development at (307) 766-5353. In Casper call the UW/CC Center at (307) 268-2713.
He will discuss the basic and applied aspects of his efforts to translate his research to the private sector by creating new biotechnology companies.
His graduate studies on polio viruses and human tumor viruses unexpectedly led to a career spent developing insect viruses, insect cells and insects as biotechnological tools for many biomedical applications. His talk will focus on a 25-year effort to create insect cell and insect-based platforms to produce vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostic testing reagents.
The President's Speaker Series encourages and honors individual faculty members who have been especially successful in balancing the research, educational and service goals of the university. The series calls attention to individuals who have made important, well-rounded contributions to the university's standing.
A committee, composed of the series' previous honorees, nominates candidates and the selected faculty member is asked to prepare a public presentation on a topic of national interest.
The criteria for selection include a long-term national recognition for research or creative activity and the ability to communicate with all members of the university community.