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LBC students meet with Distinguished Alumnus Mark Kay

LNC students have a skype meeting with Dr. Mark Kay

With LBC commencement quickly approaching, Distinguished Alumnus and commencement speaker Dr. Mark Kay took some time to speak with LBC students. He skyped in to Dr. Rich Bellon's class, LB 334 (Science, Technology, & Public Policy).

"I wanted Mark to talk to the class because his expertise touches on some of the central concerns we've addressed this semester, including genetic engineering, research ethics, patenting, and research publishing practices," said Dr. Bellon.

Dr. Mark Kay graduated from Lyman Briggs College in 1980 with a degree in Physical Sciences, and went on to receive an M.D. Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Kay is currently the Dennis Farrey Family Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Professor of Genetics, at Stanford University's School of Medicine. He is the Head of the Division of Human Gene Therapy and the Associate Chair for Basic Research in the Department of Pediatrics.

LB 334 students were thrilled by the opportunity to speak to a successful alumnus. Andrew McHale, a student in the class, felt that as a leader in his field, Dr. Kay presented "a slightly different view point than what we have been exposed to throughout the semester."

"The conversation with Dr. Kay was an enlightening experience," said student Jordan Bellore. "It was valuable to speak in a small setting with a leader in a scientific field who is very knowledgeable in how science and the processes of science work, as well as some of the upsides and downsides to how science is carried out."

Dr. Kay spoke to the students regarding research ethics, emphasizing their "role as scientists in educating others," according to Molly Griffin.

On the same day, students were also able to converse with Shobita Parthasarathy, from the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Both Shobita and Mark provided expert testimony in the recent landmark court case over the patentability of human genes.

Mark Kay has been selected as the keynote commencement speaker and recipient of the Lyman Briggs College Distinguished Alumni award. He will speak at the Spring 2017 LBC Commencement Ceremony in May. To read more about Mark, click here.