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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s 2004 Cultural Series celebrating a century of genetic research

In 1904, the Carnegie Institution of Washington founded a Station for Experimental Evolution at Cold Spring Harbor. With this founding, and following the reorganization of the station in 1921 as the Carnegie Institution Department of Genetics, the world of biological research was transformed. The list of contributions to genetics, medicine, and to the birth of molecular biology by Carnegie Institution scientists at Cold Spring Harbor is legion. Following a 1963 merger, it became known as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an institution that is celebrating its century-long legacy as an essential contributor to the field of genetics this year. As part of the celebration, the CSHL 2004 Cultural Series is filled with engaging lectures and inspiring music and art.

Featured lectures include: “Depression Too, Is A Thing With Feathers,” by Andrew Solomon, award-winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression; “A Beautiful Mind: Genius, Madness, Recovery” by Sylvia Nasar, author of the book that inspired the Academy-award winning film A Beautiful Mind; and “From Cold Spring Harbor to the Coen Brothers: A Composer’s Journey,” by former Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory employee-turned-award-winning composer Carter Burwell. A special lecture, “Demystifying The Sommelier: The Art & Science of Wine Tasting,” presented by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Assistant Professor Zach Mainen and Banfi Vintner’s V.P. of Wine Education, Sharron McCarthy, will explain how smell and taste are integral to the enjoyment of wine. A wine tasting, presented by Banfi Vinters, will follow.

An art exhibit, “Paintings From Another Domain,” by Eduardo De Soignie, the 2003-2004 Artist-in-Residence at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, will be shown in Bush Lecture Hall from July 9-August 1. De Soignie was born and raised in Cuba until the age of 18 and educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has a strong interest in landscape and movement. A comprehensive line-up of concerts includes an assortment of internationally renowned musicians originating from all over the world.

To register for lectures, order concert subscriptions, or for additional information about the “100 Years of Genetics Cultural Series,” please visit or call 516-367-6822. The lecture series is generously supported by Helicon Therapeutics.

Full descriptions of each event and photographs of the lecturers and musicians are available upon request. Please call 516-367-8489.

Written by: Public Affairs | | 516-367-8455

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About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program annually hosts more than 12,000 scientists. The Laboratory’s education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and the DNA Learning Center with programs for middle and high school students and teachers. For more information, visit