News Release| Ferguson Lecture; Cal State L.A.


MEDIA ADVISORY: Friday, Jan. 29

Chemist to provide clarity

on cataract formation research


Oberlin College’s Decatur is CSULA’s 2010 Ferguson Lecturer


Los Angeles, CA –
Clear Views of Blurry Lenses: How Undergraduate Researchers are
Unraveling Mysteries of Cataract Formation
”—Cal State L.A.’s Lloyd
N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture Series for 2010—will be presented on
Friday, Jan. 29, 1 p.m., at Cal State L.A.’s Golden Eagle

Sean Decatur, dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences at Oberlin College in Ohio, will deliver the lecture, which
is free to the public.  

Decatur’s research
focuses on protein structure and protein folding. Most age-related
cataracts have been shown to develop from protein clumping, which may
cause vision to become duller or blurrier. Decatur’s work has been
supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, National
Institutes of Health, the Dreyfus Foundation, Research Corporation, and
Alzheimer’s Association.

Decatur has taught
a wide range of courses in chemistry, including physical chemistry and
biophysical chemistry. A strong proponent of the importance of
undergraduate research and faculty/undergraduate collaborations in the
sciences, he has mentored more than 55 undergraduate students on
research projects.

He received a
National Science Foundation CAREER award in 1999 and Henry Dreyfus
Teacher-Scholar Award in 2003. In addition, he was named an “Emerging
Scholar of 2007” by Diverse Magazine. He earned his B.A. from
Swarthmore College and Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Stanford

For more about
Decatur, go to


Established in 1995
in honor of a Cal State L.A. emeritus professor of chemistry, The Lloyd
N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture brings science experts to the Cal
State L.A. campus.

Ferguson, who
retired from an illustrious 21-year career at Cal State L.A. in 1986,
has authored more than 50 journal articles and seven textbooks. His
research has covered cancer chemotherapy, the relationship between
structure and biological activity, and the functioning of our sense of

He was chairman of
the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Education, served
as director of Cal State L.A.’s Minority Biomedical Research Support
program from its inception in 1973 through 1984, and was program
director for many National Science Foundation teaching and research
participation programs. He has served as a role model for many hundreds
of underserved students who have entered careers in science and

This lecture is
sponsored by the

College of Natural
and Social Sciences

and the

Department of
Chemistry and Biochemistry

at Cal State L.A.  

Unless otherwise
directed, guests should park in areas with permit dispensers (Parking
Structure C, Lot 5 and Lot 7).

 For reservations
or more details on the Lloyd N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture, call
(323) 343-2300

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