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Doctor of Pancreatic Research To Speak as Part of Injustice Series

Accomplished professor and director of pancreatic research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, Tony Hollingsworth, will speak at Doane as part of a series focused on injustice. Each year, first-year students participate in Liberal Arts Seminar (LAR) classes to learn introductory writing, critical thinking and critical reading skills. This year's theme focuses on finding answers to the question, "Where is Injustice?" Four presentations, including Hollingsworth's, will be showcased based on the theme.

Hollingsworth will speak at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 in Heckman Auditorium on Doane's Crete Campus. The speech is free and open to the public.

Renowned in his field, Hollingsworth was named the sixth Scientist Laureate, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Nebraska Medical Center to researchers. His research focuses on an effort to find new diagnostic and therapies for pancreatic cancer. He has also received prestigious awards such as the Distinguished Scientist Award and the New Investigator award at UNMC.
 
He currently serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) of a GI Specialized Programs Of Research Excellence (SPORE) in GI and pancreas cancer. He is also the PI on a project in the SPORE program which is directed toward developing and testing vaccines for treating pancreatic cancer. In addition, he has served on numerous review panels at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other granting agencies, and has participated in every major initiative from NIH related to pancreatic cancer since 1985.
 
Hollingsworth's speech will discuss contemporary tissue cell culture research in the fight against cancer and other diseases.
 
The LAR classes have evaluated many different possibilities to the initial question of injustices, such as bioethics, racism, poverty, science, faith and voice. In addition, all students read the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, a book about a woman whose cells have been immortalized for cancer research even though she has passed on.
 
For more information on Hollingsworth or his presentation, contact Kay Hegler at 402.826.8208.

Additional upcoming programming related to the LAR theme injustice includes:

Children of the Russian Gulog presentation by Dr. Cathy Frierson
Thursday, October 11 at 11 a.m.
Whitcomb Lee Conservatory
(contact Kim Jarvis at 402.826.6756 for more information)

Presentation by Creative and Inspirational Artist Candy Chang
Monday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
Heckman Auditorium    
(contact Carrie Petr at 402.826.8271 for more information)