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Noted Chemist to Deliver Special Talk on Platinum in Cancer-Fighting Activities

Renowned chemist and Pittsburgh native Dr. Stephen J. Lippard, the Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak at Duquesne University on his use of platinum to develop cancer-fighting compounds on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

Lippard, winner of the 2014 Priestly Medal, the highest honor conferred by the American Chemical Society for distinguished service, and many other awards, will address Understanding and Improving Platinum Anti-cancer Drugs.

His free talk, part of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences' Distinguished Science Lectures, will be in the Pappert Lecture Hall of The Bayer Learning Center. It is open to the public.

Lippard, who is among those mentioned as possible Nobel Prize winners for chemistry, may be considered an inspiring hometown success story. A graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School, he has pioneered the study of the intersection of inorganic chemistry and neuroscience, discovering how certain platinum complexes unwind the double helix of DNA, which has led to his use of them in anti-cancer agents. Lippard still returns to his alma mater to talk with high school students.

For information on the event, call 412.396.6340.

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