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Elizabeth Blackburn (Nobel Prize in Medicine, 2009)


Elizabeth Blackburn has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine (2009).

Elizabeth Blackburn Demographics:
(1948-11-26)
  • Name - Elizabeth Blackburn
  • Born - November 26, 1948 (age 60, 2009)
  • Birthplace - Hobart, Tasmania
  • Nationality - Australian citizen
  • Occupation - Molecular Biologist
  • Parents - Harold and Marcia Blackburn, both medical practitioners (physicians).
Elizabeth Blackburn Background Facts:
  • She discovered telomerase in 1985 with her then PhD student Dr Greider.
Elizabeth Blackburn Academics:
  • BSc (1970) and MSc (1972) degrees from the University of Melbourne.
  • PhD (1975) from Cambridge University, student at Darwin College.
  • Alumna of Darwin College (Cambridge University).
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science (Cambridge University).
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science from Harvard University.
  • Postdoctoral work in molecular and cellular biology from 1975 to 1977 at Yale.
  • Joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley in 1978.
  • Moved to University of California, San Francisco in 1990 where she is currently Professor of Biology and Physiology.
Elizabeth Blackburn Honors & Fellowships:
  • Nobel Prize in Medicine, along with Carol Greider & Jack Szostak, for her research on telomerase.
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991).
  • Fellow Royal Society of London (1992).
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (1993).
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2000).
  • Elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 1993.
  • Elected as a Member of the Institute of Medicine in 2000.
Elizabeth Blackburn & Bioethics:
  • Appointed a member of the President's Council on Bioethics in 2001.
  • Blackburn supported human embryonic cell research, in opposition to the Bush Administration.
  • Her Council terms were terminated by White House directive on February 27, 2004.
  • It is believed that she was fired because of political opposition to her advice.
  • Blackburn serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Genetics Policy Institute.
Quotes:
  • "There is a growing sense that scientific research — which, after all, is defined by the quest for truth — is being manipulated for political ends,".
  • "There is evidence that such manipulation is being achieved through the stacking of the membership of advisory bodies and through the delay and misrepresentation of their reports."

UCSF's Elizabeth Blackburn Wins Nobel Prize (2009):



Image Credit - Elizabeth Blackburn by Gerbil Wikimedia Commons.

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Chop Cup Magic (Vimeo Video)

Interesting Magic Video - Chop Cup:



Design and Direction :weareom: - weareom.com
Lighting by David Lee - davidleedop.com
Production by studioset - studioset.tv
Post Production by :weareom: - weareom.com
Sound by Alin Flaidar - studioset.tv
Starring Vlad Grigorescu - vladgrigorescu.com


Making of the video:




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Eratosthenes' Mask for Primes (10x10)

A useful little mathematics teaching resource:
  • 10x10 square
  • 10x10 numbered square
  • 10x10 Eratosthenes' Mask (for prime numbers)
The Eratosthenes' Mask can be made by photocopying the image onto a transparency sheet.


10x10 Numbered Square:




10x10 Eratosthenes' Mask Square (for Primes):




10x10 Blank Square:




Related Links:
Eratosthenes of Cyrene (Ancient Greek Mathematician and Scientist)


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Stephen Gately (Singer and Actor, 1976-2009) R.I.P.


Stephen Gately Demographics:
  • Name - Stephen Patrick David Gately
  • Born - 17 March 1976
  • Birthplace - Dublin, Ireland
  • Death - 10 October 2009 (age 33 years) R.I.P.
  • Deathplace - Majorca, Spain
  • Nationality - Irish
  • Occupation - Singer & Actor.
  • Partner - Andrew Cowles
Stephen Gately Important Facts:
  • Stephen Gately died at 1.45pm (10th October 2009) in his house in Port Andratx, Majorca, Spain.
  • He was on holiday with his partner Andrew Cowles.
  • "It looks like he went out for a few drinks (on Saturday), then got back, fell asleep and never woke up."
  • Revealed he was gay a decade ago (16 June 1999) in the The Sun newspaper "World Exclusive" and headline, "Boyzone Stephen: I'm gay and I'm in love".
  • Married his partner Andrew Cowles in March 2006.
Stephen Gately & Boyzone:
  • Boyzone star - joined band in 1993.
  • Boyzone manager Louis Walsh.
  • Fellow band members Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham.
Stephen Gately Career Post Boyzone:
  • Solo success.
  • Enjoyed a successful career in London's West End.
  • Played the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (The New London Theatre).
  • Played the 'Child Catcher' in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (at the London Palladium)
  • On tour around the UK he appeared in Godspell playing Jesus, The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella and the touring production of Joseph.
  • Recently had been writing a children's book.
Album - New Beginning (2000, Universal Music):
  • 1. "New Beginning"
  • 2. "I Believe"
  • 3. "If Only You Were Here"
  • 4. "Stay"
  • 5. "Wanna Be Where You Are"
  • 6. "Where Do You Go"
  • 7. "Judgement Day"
  • 8. "You Lied"
  • 9. "Far From Love"
  • 10. "Just Can't Say Goodbye"
  • 11. "Do Without Me"
  • 12. "Coming Back"
  • 13. "Bright Eyes"
Stephen Gately R.I.P.

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