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2014-2015 New Student Reader Program

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Salisbury University’s Tenth Anniversary New Student Reader 2014 book selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa.  She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken for research without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing vaccines, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and more. 

What are HeLa Cells?
HeLa cells are derived from human cervical cancer cells taken from Henrietta Lacks. The cells were first cultured, or grown, in a laboratory in 1951 and were the first type of human cancer cell to be cultured continuously for experiments. There are many different strains (subtypes) of HeLa cells now being used.

Community Lecture & Book Signing with the Lacks Family
Thursday, August 21, 2014 ● 7 p.m. ● Perdue Hall
Members of the Lacks family will participate in a moderated question-and-answer session and book signing.  In addition, a dedication ceremony will be held and a portrait of Henrietta Lacks painted by a talented Salisbury University art student will be presented and later hung in the University’s Henson Science Hall.
Free and Open to the Public

Convocation with Dr. Joseph Michael Herman, M.D.
Friday, August 22, 2014 ● 9-10 a.m. ● Red Square
Dr. Joseph Herman, a 1994 Salisbury University alumnus, is the director of the Pancreatic Multidisciplinary Clinic, director of clinical research in the Department of Radiation Oncology and associate professor of radiation oncology and molecular radiation sciences at Johns Hopkins.
Open to the SU Community Only

Campus Book Signing with the Lacks Family
Friday, August 22, 2014 ● 12:30-1:30 p.m. ● Devilbiss Mall
Members of the Lacks family will participate in an on-campus book signing and interact with new students, faculty and staff.
Open to the SU Community Only


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