Breast Cancer Researcher to Give Talk at Mary Baldwin

March 14, 2005

Dr. Sarah J. Parsons, professor of microbiology at the University of Virginia and specialist in breast cancer therapies will give a talk on some of the new therapies currently in the research stage as the Mary E. Humphreys Biology Lecturer, March 23 at Mary Baldwin University. The free, public talk will be at 7 p.m. in Francis Auditorium in the Pearce Science Center at Coalter and Frederick streets.

Parsons, who has expertise in breast cancer and prostate cancer research, follows in the footsteps of other leading scientists that have come to Mary Baldwin University as part of the Mary E. Humphreys Biology Lecture Series. Past speakers include geneticist Francis Collins, pediatrician Holmes Morton, dinosaur hunter John Horner, and Mary Baldwin’s own Lois Lundie Spence ’68, as the first lecturer.

Member of the advisory boards at numerous university cancer centers, Parsons earned an undergraduate degree at Valparaiso University in Indiana and her PhD from Duke University. She is the 2003 recipient of the Sharon Hostler Achievement and Leadership Award for Women and Medicine in Science.

The Mary E. Humphreys Biology Lecture Series was established in 1992 to bring prominent scientists to the campus to present public lectures. Sponsoring the series are 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).