Celebration of Scholarship 2007 Honors Denham, Liotta

Posted: February 21, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Beau Cribbs

Since 1996, the Celebration of Scholarship has recognized an outstanding faculty member with a gala reception and dinner followed by a lecture from the year’s honoree. The award is designed to highlight recent research done by Mason faculty members that exemplifies the advancement of academic disciplines throughout the university.

On Monday, Feb. 26, the celebration will honor two recipients: Susanne Denham, professor in the Department of Psychology; and Lance Liotta, codirector of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine in the Department of Molecular and Microbiology.

Denham’s lecture is titled “Dealing with Feelings: How Children Navigate the Uncharted Worlds of Emotions and Social Relationships.” The applied developmental psychologist will speak about the emotional competence in children across developmental periods and its relation to social interaction and successful relationship building. Her lecture will be at 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema.

The Johnson Center Dewberry Hall will be the setting for a reception and dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by Liotta’s presentation at 7 p.m. in the cinema. In his talk, titled “Individualized Therapy: The Next Revolution in Molecular Medicine,” he will share his vision of personalized medicine, particularly in cancer therapy. Liotta, a professor of life sciences at Mason, was one of the first scientists to investigate the process of tumor invasion and metastasis at a molecular level.

“We’re very excited to have Mason as a home for our research, which is vital to the future of public health. The university has the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to become a renowned leader in this pioneering field,” says Liotta.

Liotta’s lecture will be followed by a closing reception with coffee and cake at 8 p.m. For complete event information, see chss.gmu.edu.

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