Prominent biochemist Jane S. Richardson, of DukeUniversity, will serve as the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar at WVU this year and will present a public lecture at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14, in the Mountainlair Rhododendron Room.

Richardson, the James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry, will present �€?Admiring Proteins: Art and Metaphor in Molecular Biophysics.�€? She and her husband, David C. Richardson, also a professor of biochemistry at Duke, have increased the understanding of the three-dimensional structure of proteins. Their work involves the use of computer graphics and modeling, bioinformatics, protein design, and x-ray crystallography.

Richardson earned a B.A. in philosophy at SwarthmoreCollege but has become an innovative biochemist without earning a Ph.D. She is a MacArthur Foundation fellow and the recipient of two honorary degrees.

�€?We are very pleased to bring Professor Richardson to campus,�€? said Michael Mays, professor of mathematics and the Phi Beta Kappa adviser. �€?She is a leader in her discipline and a provocative scholar.�€?

Richardson will present a colloquium lecture titled �€?Bioinformatics in 3D�€? for the Department of Chemistry on Nov. 13 in 312 Clark Hall. The department is co-sponsoring her visit with the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to Phi Beta Kappa, founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, is recognized as the highest academic honor available to a student majoring in a discipline among the liberal arts and sciences. WVU offers majors in 27 arts and sciences disciplines and 33 undergraduate degree programs within the EberlyCollege.  WVU has maintained a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa since 1910. Students are selected on the basis of their scholastic records and moral character.

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program contributes to the intellectual life of the campus by facilitating and exchanging ideas among visiting scholars, students, and faculty members.