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Optimizing Echinacea Launches Lecture Series March 6

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
February 27, 2008

Diane Birt, distinguished professor and director of the Center for Research on Botanical Dietary Supplements at Iowa State University, will discuss her interdisciplinary research on Echinacea as a dietary supplement Thursday, March 6 (12:40 – 2 p.m.). The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is in Kingsbury Hall N101.

Birt’s lecture launches the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture’s (COLSA) Visionary Seminar Series.

Birt will discuss her work with an interdisciplinary team of chemists, agronomists, botanists, immunologists, virologists, nutritionists, food scientists and statisticians at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa who are exploring ways to optimize Echinacea’s (purple cone flower) use against colds and flu. The interdisciplinary Center for Research on Botanical Dietary Supplements developed in response to a request for proposals from the National Institutes of Health.

The Visionary Seminar Series, initiated by COLSA Dean Tom Brady, aims to explore the vision of a variety of experts on the future of education and research in the scientific areas encompassed by the College. Future lectures in the series include


March 13: “Small non-coding RNAs: Mechanistic Implications and Potential Application”

John J. Rossi (UNH ’69), Lidow Family Research Chair and professor, division
of molecular biology and dean, graduate school of biological sciences at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, 12:40 to 2:00 pm; Rudman G89.

March 27: Maria Pallavicini, professor and dean, School of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced.

April 10: Richard A. Dixon, senior vice president and plant biology division director, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.


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