The different roads to career success are the focus of a West Virginia University Honors Program talk set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the Mountainlair ballrooms.

Dr. James D. Tucker, a professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and interim chair of the Department of Geology at Wayne State University in Detroit, will give the 2005 Nath LectureCareer Paths: A Predictable Journey or the Yellow Brick Road?

Tuckers background includes a two-year stint as a research assistant professor and geneticist in the WVU Medical Centers Genetics Evaluation and Counseling Center. This was followed by a position as an assistant professor at WVU specializing in genetics and biology from 1981-84.

After leaving the University, Tucker spent 18 years as a scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. At the lab, he worked in the biology and biotechnology research program.

Other career highlights include working as a cytogeneticist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Morgantown.

Tucker received a bachelors degree in genetics from the University of California-Davis in 1976 and doctorate from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1981.

He is currently involved with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Environmental Mutagen and Radiation Research societies, and Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology board of directors.

His work has appeared in numerous book chapters and scientific journalsEnvironmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, Human Genetics and Mutation Research, to name a few.

The Nath Lecture, which is free and open to the public, is funded through an endowment by Drs. Joginder Nath, a WVU genetics professor in the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences, and Charlotte Nath, a professor in the School of Medicines Division of Family Medicine.

For more information, contact the University Honors Program at 304-293-2100.