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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 19, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 22
Voyage & Discovery Offers Insight Into Careers in Science, Medicine

By Amy Lunday

The annual Voyage & Discovery lecture series continues Tuesday, Feb. 20, with a talk by cardiac surgeon Vincent Gott at 8 p.m. in Mudd Hall Auditorium.

Begun in 1999 and held on the Homewood campus, the lecture series is designed to inspire undergraduates who want to pursue careers in science and medicine by presenting the personal and professional journeys of world-renowned physicians and researchers.

Gott's lecture is titled "The Roles of Opportunity, Luck and Serendipity in Scientific Discovery: A Cardiac Surgeon Looks Back and to the Future." Gott is a professor emeritus and former chief of cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins.

The series continues at 8 p.m. the following Tuesday, Feb. 27, also in Mudd Hall Auditorium, with Thomas LaVeist, who will speak about "An Unlikely Route to Nirvana: My Journey to the Public's Health." LaVeist is a professor in the Bloomberg School's Department of Health Policy and Management and director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.

Ben Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, is currently the last scheduled speaker, with his talk at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in 1 Remsen. The students organizing the series are hoping to add another speaker in the spring.

Gregory Riggins kicked off the lecture series Feb. 6 with a talk about becoming a neurosurgeon and his brain tumor research, titled "Are We Winning the War on Cancer — and is Joining the Battle for You?" Riggins directs a brain tumor research laboratory and is an associate professor of neurosurgery and oncology at Johns Hopkins.

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