Dr. Nancy E. Davidson to Deliver Humphreys Biology Lecture at Mary Baldwin

March 5, 2001

Dr. Nancy E. Davidson will present “Breast Cancer in 2001” for the Mary E. Humphreys Biology Lecture, March 21, 2001, in Mary Baldwin University’s Francis Auditorium at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Davidson is director of the Breast Cancer Program at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center and a professor in the Division of Experimental Therapeutics. She earned her M.D. from Harvard Medical School and has been a Medical Staff Fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. Her research interests encompass the basic biology of breast cancer, the role of abnormal gene regulation in the progression of breast cancer, assessment of cancer risk factors from environmental estrogens, hormone replacement therapy, bone marrow grafting, and the development of new therapeutic agents designed to induce programmed cell death of breast cancer cells.

The Mary E. Humphreys Biology Lecture Series was established in 1992 to bring prominent scientists to the Mary Baldwin campus to present public lectures. Friends and former students of Dr. Mary Humphreys, professor emerita of biology, who served on the biology faculty at Mary Baldwin for 25 years (1943-1968), sponsor the series.

This event is in coordination with The Full Circle, The Mary Baldwin University Breast Cancer Network. In the Fall of 2000, the college launched the The Full Circle, a network designed to connect Mary Baldwin women who have experienced breast cancer with those who currently battle the disease.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women – the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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