Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Ka Yee C. Lee to Come to Brown

   On December 3 and 4, 2012, the Brown University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the Department of Chemistry will host a two-day visit by Professor Ka Yee C. Lee. Professor Lee comes to Brown under the auspices of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program.  Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest academic honor society in the nation.  During her visit, Professor Lee will meet informally with students and faculty, take part in classroom discussions, and give a public lecture to the entire academic community.  
   Her visit to Brown is a homecoming for Ka Yee C. Lee, who received an Sc.B degree from the university in electrical engineering in 1986. In 1992, she received her Ph.D from Harvard.  Since 1998, she has taught at The University of Chicago, where she is a professor in the department of chemistry, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, and the James Franck Institute.  She also serves as director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Chicago. 
   Professor Lee has been honored with the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  A fellow of the American Physical Society, she is a recipient of the Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award (biophysical science) and the Searle Scholar Award, as well as fellowships from the Sloan Foundation and the Packard Foundation.
   In her research, Professor Lee studies the interactions between lipids and proteins to gain insights into the biophysical aspects of diseased states.  The title of her talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Poking and Sealing Holes in Lipid Membranes.”
   Each year, the Visiting Scholars Program supports visits by a dozen or so distinguished scholars to colleges and universities around the country that shelter chapters of Phi Beta Kappa.  The purpose of the Visiting Scholars Program is to contribute to the intellectual life of academic institutions by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholar and resident faculty and students. This is the 57th year of the Visiting Scholars program.  Since 1956, the program has sponsored 4,917 two-day visits by 600 scholars. Professor Lee is the tenth scholar hosted by Brown through the program.
   For more information about the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program or about Professor Ka Yee C. Lee, please contact Mary Jo Foley, 401-863-2288, mary_jo_foley@brown.edu.