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'Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll' at UWI St Augustine

For Release Upon Receipt - September 28, 2010

St. Augustine

Professor Andrew Lawrence to speak on Biorhythms, Biodiversity and SustainableDevelopment Opportunities for the Caribbean

“Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll” is the title of the upcoming Professorial Inaugural Lecture by Professor Andrew Lawrence, Professor of Environmental Biology in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine. The Lecture will be held on Thursday 30th September, 2010, at 5.30pm in Lecture Theatre #1, Block 13, Faculty of Engineering, UWI St Augustine.

Professor Lawrence’s presentation will focus on Biorhythms, Biodiversity, Bioprospecting and Sustainable Development Opportunities for the Caribbean.

“An understanding of the environmental and endocrine control of reproduction and predator defence mechanisms of marine organisms can highlight the ecological importance and potential commercial value of otherwise overlooked species. These physiological processes, and their environmental or genetic control, can help to monitor climate change and pollution impacts or lead to the development of novel pharmaceuticals. This lecture will consider these issues with regard to sustainable development opportunities, human health and the functional value of biodiversity in the Caribbean and beyond,” he explained.

The Lecture will be followed by an open discussion with those in attendance. It is the latest in the ongoing series on Professorial Inaugural Lectures. This Lecture Series is organised by the Open Lectures Committee, under the chairmanship of Professor Terence Seemungal, who is expected to moderate the open discussion on Thursday. Also expected to deliver brief remarks are Professor Clement Sankat, UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and St Augustine Campus Principal, and Professor Dyer Narinesingh, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture.

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