May 18-24, 2001
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Head of DNA project to speak at Finals
Yahoo exec to speak
A matter of degrees

Waters' mission runs deep
Two graduates honored for their service to humanity
Student aids the homeless

Mellon winner redefines "Jim Crow" era

Pre-med student shares his passion for music
Fast-track grad driven to help his family
Student leads effort to install Braille on Lawn room doors
Creative recycling: Students convert crate into studio
Lawson lives richly
Can you go home again? Issues facing international students
Education delayed but not denied
Weaver finds election laws discriminatory
Quilter gets A+
Students to go abroad on Fulbright scholarships
Weddle will research Peruvian women
Graduate rich in lessons learned
Anthony defender of public good
Affinnih plays her cards strategically
After earning degree in two years, graduate going for two more
Student develops new sign language system
Student trio pushes for late-night joe

Dr. Francis Collins Head of DNA project to speak at Finals

Dr. Francis S. Collins, the physician-geneticist who heads the international Human Genome Project, will speak at Final Exercises on May 20.

A 1970 graduate of U.Va. and director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute, Collins oversees the 13-year, publicly funded research effort to map and sequence all of the human DNA genetic code, a project that has been called the most important scientific undertaking of our era. Its aim is to help understand the basis of genetic diseases and gain insight into human evolution.

Raised on a small farm near Staunton and home-schooled until the sixth grade, Collins entered U.Va. at age 16 and received his undergraduate degree in chemistry. His accomplishments have brought numerous honors. Earlier this year, he was named a Virginia Outstanding Scientist of the Year.

 


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