Frederick W. Alt, one of the world's leaders in the genetics
immunology, will be the first guest lecturer of the Sara L. Hicks and
Fred W. Hicks IV Honors Speakers Series at Coastal Carolina University.
Alt's lecture is titled "Interplay Between Cellular Gatekeeper and
Caretaker Proteins in Normal Development and in Suppression of Genomic
Instability and Cancer." The event will be held Thursday, April 5 at
7:30 p.m. in Coastal's Wall Auditorium. A reception will follow the
presentation which is free and open to the public.
Alt is the Charles A. Janeway professor of genetics and pediatrics
at the Children's Hospital, Boston, and Harvard Medical School. He is
also senior investigator at the Center for Blood Research at Harvard
Medical School and a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Alt has served on numerous review panels and advisory boards for
such organizations as the National Cancer Institute, the National
Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. He is on the
editorial board of 11 prestigious journals including Science, Molecular
and Cellular Biology and Developmental Immunology. He has published
more than 300 articles.
Alt earned a bachelor's degree in biology (magna cum laude) from
Brandeis University in 1971 and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in
The Sara L. Hicks and Fred W. Hicks IV Honors Speakers Series was
established in 2000 with a grant from the Fred W. Hicks III Trust. Fred
W. Hicks III, a resident of Savannah, Ga., is Distinguished Professor
Emeritus in Coastal's Department of History and a former Coastal
Chancellor. He named the series in honor of his children. Sara L. Hicks
is a graduate of Wake Forest University and lives in New York City
where she is a graphic designer. Fred W. Hicks IV is a graduate of the
University of Florida and lives in California where he is the manager
of Strategic Initiatives for the Sitesmith Corporation.
The event is sponsored jointly by Coastal's Honors Program and the
South Carolina Academy of Science.
For more information, contact Coastal's Honors Program at 349-