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presented by the Office of the Provost

Congratulations to the Lectureship award recipients for 2009-2010: Todd Cioffi, Department of Congregational Ministry Studies; Craig Hanson, Department of Art and Art History; Anding Shen, Department of Biology.



About the Award

The Calvin College Faculty Lectureship Award recognizes the scholarly achievements and professional contributions of individual Calvin faculty members. The lecture series aims to share the awardees' work with the faculty as a whole. Each lecture, while open to the public, should promote mutual interest, discussion, and understanding within the faculty of Calvin College. Awards will be determined in the fall. (more about the award)


HansonLecture, February 24, 2010

Still No Cure? Progress and Challenges in HIV/AIDS Research

(Vimeo of the lecture)

Anding Shen
Department of Biology

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Science Building 010, 4-5 p.m. (refreshments will be served after the lecture)

Professor Shen earned her Bachelor's degree at Drexel University and her Ph.D. at John Hopkins University (1998 and 2004 respectively). Professor Shen studies immune cells called T cells which are the major target of HIV. She is investigating why it is so difficult to eradicate HIV. Funded by Calvin College and outside collaboration.

About the lecture: HIV/AIDS, a dreadful disease, with 100% mortality rate, is affecting 40 million people worldwide. For the past 25 years, the best scientists and medical professionals worked on it with the most money putting into any single disease, still we have no vaccine, no cure. Yes, we have antibiotics and anti-virals that can treat almost any infectious disease. Yes, we have vaccines for many diseases, and we have eradicated Small Pox through vaccination. But facing HIV, after so many years, we still don’t have a good solution yet. This fact surely keeps us humble. But why is it so difficult to develop a vaccine against HIV? Why can’t the anti-HIV medications eliminate the virus? This lecture explores those important questions and what we have learned from HIV in the last quarter of a century in immunity and virus-human interactions.

Coming April 1, 2010:

Todd Cioffi, Department of Congregational and Ministry Studies

Inaugural Lecture: Craig Hanson, Department of Art and Art History






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