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Cancer researcher, MacArthur fellow is Commencement speaker

Cancer researcher, MacArthur fellow is Commencement speaker

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Dr. Olufunmilayo “Funmi” Olopade, an internationally respected cancer researcher and MacArthur fellow, will deliver the Commencement address at North Central’s 145th graduation ceremony June 12. Olopade is the associate dean for global health and professor of medicine and human genetics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. As a physician and scientist, she epitomizes the “bench to bedside” philosophy in her application of scientific discoveries to clinical medicine.

A Legacy of Science-Mildred Rebstock

From the science labs of Goldspohn Hall in the early 1940s came a scientist who was featured in Time magazine and honored in Washington D.C. Dr. Mildred Rebstock was given much of the credit for finding a synthetic form of chloromycetin. At the time, antibiotics had to be grown slowly from molds and the rarity of chloromycetin (discovered in 1947) limited its widespread use in combating diseases like typhoid fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. That changed with Rebstock’s discovery in 1949.

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