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April 29, 2018: Immunotherapy Engineering — New Treatments for Cancer

2:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, New Bern

Gianpietro Dotti, MD, is a world leader in the field of cancer cellular immunology, which involves extracting disease-fighting immune cells from the patient’s blood and genetically engineering them to recognize the patient’s cancer.

Dr. Dotti’s research achievements include contributing to the development of an innovative “safety switch” that is used in partnership with immunotherapy to turn of the therapy when necessary. He also has facilitated the development and implementation of more than 10 cell therapy trials using gene modified T-cells, which are the disease-fighting immune cells.

Gianpietro Dotti is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at UNC School of Medicine, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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October 22, 2017: Dr. Michael Mann on “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars”

2:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, New Bern

Michael Mann is one of the world’s leading climate scientists. He has contributed to the scientific understanding of historic climate change based on the temperature record of the past thousand years. He pioneered techniques to find patterns in past climate change, and to isolate climate signals from “noisy data.”

As lead author of a paper produced in 1998, ┬áMann used advanced statistical techniques to find regional variations in a hemispherical climate reconstruction covering the past 600 years. In 1999 the same team used these techniques to produce a reconstruction over the past 1,000 years which was dubbed the “hockey stick graph”┬ábecause of its shape.

Mann is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications. He has also published three books: Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming (2008), The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars:Dispatches from the Front Lines (2012), and The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy (2016). In 2012, the European Geosciences Union described his publication record as “outstanding for a scientist of his relatively young age”. Mann is also a co-founder and contributor to the climatology blog RealClimate.

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