O'Leary Lecture

Twenty-eighth Annual Timothy J. O'Leary, S.J., Lecture

Dr. Peter Kareiva, Ph.D., will be the twenty-eighth Annual Timothy J. O'Leary, S.J., Lecturer.  Dr. Kareiva's Public Lecture, "Rethink, revitalize, and rebuilding the environmental movement: a call for tolerance and nontraditional partnerships" will be at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening, November 18, 2013, in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall on campus.  The O'Leary Scientific Lecture, "Individuals making a conservation difference using science" will be at 12:05 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Wolff Auditorium of Jepson Center. 

Dr. Kareiva is the Chief Scientist and Vice President of The Nature Conservancy, where he is responsible for maintaining the quality of over 600 staff engaged in conservation science in over 30 countries around the world.  He is also the acting director of Science for Nature and People (SNAP), a new scientific collaboration among the Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis that is designed to rapidly respond to critical questions involving nature and human well-being. 

Dr. Kareiva studied political science and zoology at Duke University for his bachelor's degree and ecology and applied mathematics at Cornell University for his Ph.D.  He is the author of more than 150 scientific publications and author or editor of eight books, including a textbook on conservation science.  Dr. Kareiva is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of The National Academy of Sciences.

Twenty-seventh Annual Timothy J. O'Leary, S.J., Lecture

Dr. Bruce Alberts, Ph.D., will be the twenty-seventh Annual Timothy J. O'Leary, S.J., Lecturer. Dr. Alberts' Public Lecture "Science and the World's Future" will be at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening, March 18, 2013 in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall on campus. The O'Leary Scientific Lecture, "Biology past and biology future: Where have we been and where are we going?" will be at 12:05 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in Wolff Auditorium of Jepson Center.  

Dr. Alberts, a prominent biochemist, is Editor-in-Chief of Science and served as one of President Obama's first three Science Envoys. Dr. Alberts is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, to which he returned after serving two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Science (NAS). 

During his tenure at the NAS, Dr. Alberts was instrumental in developing the landmark National Science Education standards that have been implemented in school systems nationwide. The type of "science as inquiry" teaching emphasizes logical, hands-on problem solving, and insists on having evidence for claims that can be confirmed by others. 

Dr. Alberts is also noted as one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a preeminent textbook in the field now in its fifth edition. Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 16 honorary degrees. 

Twenty-sixth Annual Timothy J. O'Leary Lecture

Dr. Sean B. Carroll, Ph.D., will be the Twenty-sixth Annual Timothy J. O'Leary S.J., Lecturer.  Dr. Carroll's Public Lecture "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species" will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, November 17, 2011 in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall on campus. The O'Leary Scientific Lecture, " Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Evo Devo and an Expanding Evolutionary Synthesis" will be at 12:05 PM on Thursday, November 17, 2011 in Wolff Auditorium of Jepson Center.

Dr. Carroll is Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin and Vice President for Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Carroll has spent his career studying the genetic components of evolution and development, indentifying the molecular mechanisms that lead to new traits and species. His research focuses on the way new animal forms have evolved. His knack for communicating complex ideas to the public in an entertaining and understandable manner is reflected in his monthly column in the New York Times and his service as a consulting producer for the Public Broadcasting television program NOVA

Dr. Carroll earned his B.A. in Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, his Ph.D. in Immunology at Tufts Medical School, and carried out his postdoctoral research with Dr. Matthew Scott at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Minnesota in 2009. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among his many honors and recognitions is the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Twenty-fifth Annual Timothy J. O'Leary Lecture

Dr. Mary C. Beckerle, Ph.D. will be the Twenty-fifth Annual Timothy J. O'Leary S.J., Lecturer.  Dr. Beckerle's Public Lecture "New Hope: A Personalized Approach to Cancer Prevention and Care" will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening, October 25, 2010, in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall on campus.  The O'Leary Scientific Lecture, "Adhesion, Motility, and Matastasis" will be Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 12:05 in the Wolff Auditorium of Jepson Center. 

Dr. Beckerle is an internationally recognized cell biologist whose research is focused on understanding how extracellular matrix signals regulate cell signaling, motility, and survival.  She serves as Executive Director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.  She joined the Utah faculty in 1986 after completion of her Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a post-doc at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Her research has been continuously funded by the NIH for over 25 years.  Her lab has defined a novel cellular process that controls cytoarchitecture and cell locomotion, processes that are critical for embryonic development and wound healing and that are misregulated in cancer cells. She has received numerous recognitions for her contributions to cancer research including the American Cancer Society Sword of Hope award, appointment as a Guggenheim Fellow and a Rothschild-Yvette Mayet Award Scholar at the Curie Institute in Paris, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.  She served as President of the American Society for Cell Biology in 2006, and currently serves on the HHMI Scientific Review Board, the American Cancer Society for Extramural Grants, and the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director. 

Twenty-fourth Annual Timothy J. O'Leary Lecture

Dr. Carlos J. Bustamante, Ph.D. will be the Twenty-fourth Annual Timothy J. O'Learly S.J., Lecturer.  Prof. Bustamante's Public Lecture, "Doing Biochemistry in Singulo: When less is more" will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening, March 22, 2010, in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall on campus.  The O'Leary Scientific Lecture, "Grabbing the cat by the tail: Discrete steps by a DNA packaging motor and the inter-subunit coordination in a ring-ATPase" will be Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 12:05 p.m. in the Wolff Auditorium of Jepson Center.

Dr. Bustamante received his Ph.D. in biophysics from UC Berkeley in 1981 and joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 1998.  His research has focused on the manipulation and study of individual molecules of biological interest using instruments such as optical tweezers and atomic force microscopes.  His fundamental studies of biological processes involving single molecules of DNA, RNA and various proteins have improved our understanding of how cells function.

Dr. Bustamante is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.  He has received many awards including the Biological Physics Prize of the American Physical Society, the Alexander Hollaender Award in Biophysics from the National Academy of Science, and the Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award by the American Association of Physics Teachers (2005).  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Twenty-third Annual Timothy J. O'Leary Lecture

Dr. James J. McCarthy, Ph.D. will be the Twenty-third Annual Timothy J. O'Leary, S.J., Lecturer.  Prof. McCarthy's Public Lecture, "How and Why Earth's Climate is Changing" will be 7:30 pm Tuesday evening, October 28, 2008, in the Globe Room of Cataldo House on campus.  The O'Leary Scientific Lecture, "Rapid Climate Change in the Arctic:  Why it Should Concern Us", will be Monday, October 27, 2008,  at noon in the Wolff Auditorium of Jepson.  

Dr. MCarthy received his undergraduate degree in biology from Gonzaga University, and his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  His research interests relate to the regulation of plankton productivity in the sea, and in recent years have focused on regions that are strongly affected by seasonal and interannual variation in climate.  He is an author of many scientific papers, and he currently teaches courses on biological oceanography and biogeochemical cycles, marine ecosystems, and global change and human health.

For the past two decades Dr. McCarthy has worked as an author, reviewer, and as a co-chair with the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  For the Third IPCC Assessment, he headed Working Group II, which had responsibilities for assessing impacts of and vulnerabilities to global climate change.  He was also one of the lead authors on the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, and a Vice-Chair of the 2007 Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment.

Dr. McCarthy is the current president of the AAAS, our nation's largest scientific association. 

Twenty-second Annual Timothy J. O'Leary Lecture

The Twenty-second Annual Timothy J. O'Leary S. J., Lecture will be presented by Harry F. Noller, Ph.D.  The lecture series will be on April 14 and 15, 2008.  Dr. Noller's Public lecture on April 14 is titled, "Ribosomes:  Ancient Molecular Machines that Translate the Genetic Code."

Dr. Noller graduated from UC, Berkeley in 1960 and completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at the Univesity of Oregon in 1965.  After NIH Post-doctoral Fellowships in Cambridge, England and Geneva, Switzerland, he joined the faculty at UC, Santa Cruz in 1968.  Since 1992 he has served as Director, Center for Molecular Biology of RNA.

Ribosomes are critical to life.  They are complex molecular assemblies that build proteins in living cells according to the instructions encoded in the cell's DNA.  The Noller Laboratory worked out the structure of a complete ribosome in the bacterium Thermus thermophilus.  This information led to greater understanding of the process of protein synthesis.  In addition to expanding our scientific knowledge, Dr. Noller's work promises new strategies to design antibiotics, a subject of increasing interest as we encounter more bacteria that have evolved resistance to existing drugs.  For his leadership and accomplishments in the study of ribosomes, Dr. Noller has been recognized with several prestigious awards including in 2007 the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize in Germany and the Gairdner International Award presented by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


Twenty-first Annual Timothy J. O'Leary Lecture

The Twenty-first Annual Timothy J. O'Leary S. J., Lecture will be presented by Gregory A. Petsko, D. Phil., titled, "The Next Epidemic:  What We're Trying to do about Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other Neurological Diseases."

The Public Lecture will be Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. in the Globe Room of the Cataldo House, Gonzaga University.

Prof. Petsko's research interests center upon the structural basis of biochemical properties.  His approach is to bring a chemical perspective to bear on problems in biochemistry, structural biology, cell biology and human health.

 Among numerous awards, in 1995 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Although directing a Center with 16 faculty and 200 staff, Prof. Petsko always carries a full teaching load, and is proud of having taught freshman chemistry continuously, with only time off for sabbaticals, for almost 20 years.  He also teaches critical thinking, protein crystallography, and the history of the detective story.

Previous O'Leary Distinguished Scientists 

1984 - Melvin Calvin                        1985 - Henry A. Bent                          1986 - Henry Taube
1987 - Michael Kasha                      1988 - Roald Hoffmann                       1989 - Harry B. Gray
1992 - E. James Davis                     1993 - Carl Djerassi                            1994 - Jacqueline Barton
1995 - Thomas Cech                       1996 - Leroy Hood                              1997 - Peter Raven
1998 - Ursula Goodenough             1999 - Leon Lederman                        2000 - Richard Zare
2001 - Lawrence Krause                 2002 - J. Michael Bishop                      2003 - Eugenie C. Scott
2004 - Raymond B. Huey                 2005 - George V. Coyne, S.J.              2006 - Gregory A. Petsko
2008 - Harry Noller                            2009 - James J. McCarthy                  2010 - Carlos J. Bustamante