The 2,139th Meeting of the Society

January 11, 2002 at 8:00 PM

Powell Auditorium at the Cosmos Club

Retiring President's Lecture

The Genome Challenge

Ruth McDiarmid

Retiring President

About the Lecture

The human genome project has been cited in the media as one of the outstanding achievements of the 20th century, but how many of us understand what has been achieved, what its significance is to biology and medicine, and what challenges remain to our understanding of the human genome. In this talk I will try to outline what has been achieved, what problems remain to be resolved, and some of the impacts and implications of this research to other scientific endeavors.

About the Speaker

Ruth McDiarmid is a senior scientist in what is now the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, where she has conducted research in a fundamental area of physical chemistry. She has just completed four years as a senior program officer on the Board of Chemical Sciences and Technology of the National Academy of Sciences. In the past she spent one year as a visiting program officer at the National Science Foundation. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.