Festschrift-Symposium: Jack Schull Turns 90

All day Saturday, Stella and I will be attending a symposium presented by alumni faculty and staff of the University of Texas Center for Demographic and Population Genetics (CDPG), which, under the direction of the esteemed Dr. William J. (Jack) Schull, best known for his work on the Effects of Atomic Radiation on humans at the end of W.W. II, produced some of the seminal works of our age in the field of genetics, both the biochemical aspects and the population aspects. Here is a conversation with Dr. Schull. Dr. Schull’s 90th birthday is also celebrated at this symposium.

I was fortunate to be employed there from 1980 to 1985, on a project directed by Dr. Kenneth M. Weiss which studied patterns of cancer in families in the entire city of Laredo, TX. Dr. Weiss is now a professor of “anthropology and genetics and science, technology and society” (what a mouthful!) at Penn State. Weiss and Dr. Anne Buchanan (Weiss), who is also at Penn State now, write the blog The Mermaid’s Tale (see blogroll), one of the most consistently and compellingly fascinating blogs on evolution, genetics and related sciences (and anthropology, of course) one could possibly hope for. I admire Ken and Anne, and of course Dr. Schull, very highly; I was one very lucky young man to work for them.

In any case, I will not be around during the day at all Saturday. See you in the late evening!

UPDATE: a grand time was had by all. But it’s been a really long day, and there’s not much else of general interest to be said, so I’m going to bed.

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