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Campus to Welcome Nobel Laureate

Posted by Jenna Ray on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Event Date/Time: Monday, Sep. 29, 2014
End Date/Time: Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014
Location: Morris Campus


The University of Minnesota, Morris will host Nobel Laureate Dr. Peter Agre September 29–30. As Morris’s 2014 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Liberal Arts, Dr. Agre will take part in lectures and discussions with students, faculty, and staff.

Dr. Agre will discuss his Nobel Prize-winning research on Monday, September 29, at 10:30 a.m. in the Science Auditorium. In the evening he will present “Opening Doors Worldwide through Science” at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Edson Auditorium. A reception will follow. All are welcome.

Dr. Agre joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty in 1981. In 2003 he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovery of the aquaporins. From 2009–11, Dr. Agre served as president and chair of the board of advisors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He currently serves as director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Agre is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and holds 17 honorary doctorates. He has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and Commandership in the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit from King Harald V.

The University of Minnesota, Morris Distinguished Visiting Professorship for the Liberal Arts was established in 2001 by Dean and Vice Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Elizabeth S. Blake to celebrate and strengthen the success of the University of Minnesota, Morris as an undergraduate liberal arts campus and to contribute to its continuing quest for high distinction in baccalaureate education. Dr. Blake, professor emeritus of French, served as vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean at UMM from 1979 until 1995. Dr. Blake, affectionately known as “Bettina,” currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where she continues to be an active scholar and writer.