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Nobel Prize Winner to Give Bender Lecture

Posted on: September 15th, 2013 by

Nobel Prize winner Eric Wieschaus will present the inaugural Bender Scholar in Residence lecture at Indiana University South Bend on Saturday, October 5 at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Education and Arts Building on campus.

Wieschaus is a professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University and won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1995, along with co-recipients Edward B. Lewis and Christiane Nusslein-Volhard. They were awarded the prestigious prize for their work revealing the genetic control of embryonic development. Eric Wieschaus

Eric Wieschaus

Wieschaus was born in South Bend, graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and had a personal connection to Eileen and Harvey Bender, two well-known local professors who have since passed away.

The Bender Scholar in Residence Lecture is the result of a gift from the family of Eileen and Harvey Bender to IU South Bend where Eileen was a longtime faculty member. Harvey Bender was a professor at the University of Notre Dame and taught Wieschaus as a student. They kept in touch over the years. As a result of that relationship, Wieschuas said he would be honored to deliver the first Bender Scholar in Residence Lecture. The title of his presentation is “The Science of Development and the Concept of Individuality.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.  Guests should RSVP by September 27 to 574-520-4896 or sjlowe@iusb.edu.

Eileen Bender was a professor of English at IU South Bend for 33 years before retiring in May of 2010. She died three months later. As an exemplary teacher and campus leader, she received many awards throughout her career.

Harvey Bender was a professor of Biology at the University of Notre Dame for 52 years. He died in October of 2011. Among his many accomplishments, he served as founding director of the Regional Genetics Center at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and as an adjunct professor of Medical Genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Eileen and Harvey were married in 1956 and have three children.

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