Koji Nakanishi of Columbia University will be the first A. Ian Scott Endowed Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University. The lecture will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 8) in Room 2104 Chemistry Building.

Nakanishi's topic will be "Bioorganic Studies on Vision: The Visual Transduction Pathway; Macular Degeneration." Nakanishi is Centennial Professor of Chemistry at Columbia and an international authority on natural products, including those from the gingko tree, red tide, marine organisms and visual pigments. He has developed circular dichroism methods to determine chirality.

From 1969-77 Nakanishi was director of research at the Insect Physiology Institute in Kenya and is currently assisting the Brazilian government to set up a center of excellence in Sao Paulo. He has received many honors including the National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemistry, the Arthur Cope Award of the American Chemical Society, and the Robert A. Welch Award.

Ian Scott holds the rank of Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University. Also, he is holder of the C.J. Davidson Chair in Science and director of the Center for Biological NMR.

Contact: A.I. Scott, (979) 845-3243, or Scott@mail.chem.tamu.edu.

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