An internationally renowned scientist whose research focuses on conditions that predispose people to cancer will give the West Virginia University Honors Program Nath Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.
Dr. James M. Gentile, dean for the Natural Sciences and the Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Biology at Hope College in Holland, Mich., has researched environmental mutagenesis for more than a quarter century. His talk is titledTeaching in a Research Context.
A distinguished researcher, educator and administrator, he has had more than 130 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals and collaborated with more than 120 undergraduate students on research.
Gentile received a bachelors degree in biology from St. Marys University and his doctorate in genetics from Illinois State University. He also spent two years in postdoctoral studies in the Department of Human Genetics at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Research he started while at Yale helped show how agricultural chemicals can react with plants, harming people who eat them. This resulted in a new way for assessing the hazardous potential of these agents, one that has become a critical part of the process now used by the EPA .
Gentile joined the Hope College faculty in 1976 and has served as a dean since 1988. His current research efforts focus on the role of chronic inflammation in predisposition to cancer.
In January, he will take on a new role as president of the Research Corp., a private foundation that aids research in astronomy, chemistry and physics at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities.
Gentiles professional activities include serving on the executive committee for Project Kaleidoscope, a national organization dedicated to science and math education reform. He is also the executive managing editor for Mutation Research, a past president of the Environmental Mutagen Society and a member of the National Research Council-Committee on Undergraduate Research.
Among his many honors is the Alexander Hollaender Research Excellence Award from the Environmental Mutagen Society and being named a fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The Nath Lecture is sponsored by the University Honors Program and is funded through an endowment by Drs. Joginder Nath, a WVU genetics professor, and Charlotte Nath, a WVU professor in family medicine.