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Venter Speaks Tonight at Wake Forest, Medical School Centennial Events Begin

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., the national pacesetter in the race to decode the human genome, will be the featured speaker tonight (Thursday) to kick off the celebration of the Centennial of Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Venter will speak during the university''s Opening Convocation. The program is today (Thursday) at 6 p.m. in Wait Chapel on the university’s Reynolda Campus.

Parking is available in lots on either side of the chapel, but media should arrive early to get a space. Seating is reserved for the news media on the right side of the first row in the chapel. Cameras should be set up on the stair landings alongside the walls in the chapel. See Jay Lawson for sound hookups. A brief news conference, in the Divinity School lobby directly behind the chapel, will follow the convocation.

Updated information can be found on the Centennial website: www.wfubmc.edu

More events on Friday, Oct. 11 at the medical school. Media may park on the sidewalk on Eden Terrace off Hawthorne Road just below the medical school.

9 a.m.: Babcock Auditorium

The History of Medicine at Wake Forest Dr. Richard Janeway, executive vice president emeritus Wake Forest University

10 a.m.: Alumni Plaza Dedication of Alumni Plaza

Unveiling of Earline heath King’s statue of Bowman Gray

1 p.m.: Babcock Auditorium The Genomics Era: From Microbes to Man and Beyond

Dr. J. Craig Venter Founder of The Institute for Genomic Research and Celera Genomics Group

2:15 p.m.: Nutrition Bldg. E-Floor Grand Opening: The Legacy and Promise A mini-museum of School of Medicine history: historical photos, architectural models and early medical artifacts.

3 p.m.: Babcock Auditorium Ethical Conflicts in Medical Publishing Dr. Richard Horton Editor of The Lancet

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