George Fox biologist presents 'Cancer Wars' lecture Oct. 22

George Fox University invites you to the Fall Faculty Lecture and 2013 Richter Scholar Symposium featuring  …

John M. Schmitt, PhD
Holman Professor of Biology
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m.
Hoover Academic Building lobby (symposium) & Room 105 (lecture)

Dr. Schmitt will present "Cancer Wars: A New Hope." The general public is invited. Admission is free, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Dr. John Schmitt

Cancer claims the lives of nearly 8 million people worldwide annually, with breast and prostate cancer deaths totaling more that 500,000 each year. To borrow a metaphor from his favorite movie, Star Wars, Dr. Schmitt has joined the scientific fight against cancer, a.k.a. the “evil Death Star.” His research focuses on the cell, biochemical and molecular events that control, regulate or participate in cancer.

In his lecture, Dr. Schmitt will highlight recent discoveries from his laboratory. Which hormones promote breast and prostate cancer growth and metastasis? What are CaM Kinases and why are they so important? What role might Vitamin D play in blocking cancer growth? How do we generate hope for people who are battling cancer?


4:30 p.m. Reception and Presentations, Richter Scholars
5:30 p.m. Lecture by John M. Schmitt, PhD, Holman Professor of Biology
Discussant: Don Powers, PhD, Professor of Biology

About Dr. John Schmitt

John M. Schmitt was awarded the Holman Professor of Biology at George Fox University in 2012. He holds a PhD in cell and developmental biology from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). His active research program focuses on the cellular and biochemical events that control and regulate cell growth and survival.

A committed mentor and scholar, Schmitt has received numerous research grants, produced nearly 50 publications, and holds a United States patent. Nominated for both the university’s Teacher of the Year and the United States Professor of the Year awards, Dr. Schmitt was honored as Undergraduate Researcher of the Year at George Fox in 2013.

About the Richter Scholars Program

The Richter Scholars program enables undergraduate and graduate students to receive funding for independent research projects conducted with a faculty mentor. George Fox is one of only 11 universities in the Richter Scholars program, including Yale, Dartmouth, Cal Tech, and University of Chicago. Learn more here.

Contact Information

Questions? Contact Jane Sweet at 503-554-2710.