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Extraordinary Scientists: Looking Deeper, Seeing Further

Dana Levine, PhD

This presentation focuses on scientists' research into how light interacts with matter. Their curiosity, insight, creativity, determination, and hard work have revealed the patterns and behavior of nature — in particular, the structure and function of biological materials. Beginning with Leeuwenhoek's look into the light microscope to see bacteria for the first time, to Fleming's discovery of penicillin, to the workings of the immune system, scientists have created a vast knowledge of biochemical systems. They have applied their findings to create new technologies in medicine to treat disease.

Instructor: Dana Levine majored in chemistry at Barnard College, then went on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry at Columbia University. She spent her professional career as a scientist and science educator at New Jersey Institute of Technology and helped found Liberty Science Center, an interactive science museum in New Jersey. After retiring and moving to La Jolla, she picked up the threads of her interest in art and began painting and learning photography.

Coordinators: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70015   Credit: 0 units

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