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Linnean Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Bruce Kohorn

  • 11/27/2012 | 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Lecture

Linnean Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Bruce KohornBruce Kohorn will deliver the Linnean Professorship of Biology and Biochemistry Inaugural Lecture. The lecture, titled "From Mountains to Membranes," will be an exploration of the mechanisms that create plant cell form and function, with a concentration on the cell surface and its interaction with the cell wall.

The Linnean Professorship was established in 1996 to support biology at Bowdoin College with a gift from the estate of Laurence F. Shurtleff of the Bowdoin Class of 1926. Shurtleff worked for the New England Telephone Company for 43 years, while maintaining an active role in civic philanthropy and a keen interest in botany. He was a long-serving president of the Board of Trustees of the Turner Free Library in Randolph, Massachusetts, and continued his avid hobby of raising cranberries until nearly the end of his life.

Professor Bruce Kohorn is a pioneer in the field of plant cell biology, having made significant and influential discoveries concerning membrane proteins and the communication between the plant cell wall and nucleus. He has won a number of awards, grants, and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health, Pew Charitable Trusts, and Duke University for his teaching and study of membrane proteins and plant cell walls. He has published numerous scholarly articles on these subjects and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Frontiers in Plant Science.

Professor Kohorn joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2001 after 14 years on the botany and biology faculty of Duke University. He earned a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Vermont and a master of science and doctorate at Yale University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles.