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Photograph 51 Panel Discussion

Photograph 51 explores the controversial history of the 1950s race to discover the "secret of life": the structure of DNA. The true story, particularly Rosalind Franklin's role in what became the greatest scientific breakthrough of the 20th century, remains disputed by scientists and historians alike.

Join us as a panel of experts, including Nobel Prize winner
Dr. James Watson
, discuss the issues and controversy around Rosalind Franklin and Photograph 51.

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Tuesday, November 2 at 7pm

at the Julia Miles Theatre
424 W 55th St., between 9th & 1oth Aves

Admission to the event is free, but reservations are essential.
Reserve your seat by emailing boxoffice@ensemblestudiotheatre.org.

The event will be recorded and podcasted by Scientific American.

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Photograph 51 is a production of the
EST/Sloan Project.
Presented by Ensemble Studio Theatre
and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

About the Panelists

Dr. James D. WatsonJames Watson won the Nobel Prize in 1962, along with colleagues Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, for discovering the double-helical structure of DNA. He was a Professor of Biology at Harvard University for twenty years, later becoming the Chancellor of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island. In the late 1980s he helped establish the Human Genome Project.

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Helen Berman is the director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank and a Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University. A founding member of the Worldwide Protein Data Bank collaboration, she has spent the past several decades developing innovative programs in nucleic acid crystallography, the process used by Rosalind Franklin to capture "Photograph 51."

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Lynne Osman ElkinLynne Osman Elkin is a Professor Emerita of Biology at California State University and a recognized authority on the life and work of Rosalind Franklin. She is currently writing a biography, Rosalind Franklin and the Double Helix: Justice Pending, that seeks to correct inaccurate information in previous accounts of Dr. Franklin's work.

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Ira Flatow imageIra Flatow is a radio correspondent, author and award-winning TV journalist. He has been the host of NPR's "Science Friday" since 1991. He is the founder and president of Talking Science, a nonprofit organization dedicated to demonstrating why science is "transformative, necessary, and -- above all -- cool."

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Nicholas WadeNicholas Wade is a science reporter, editor and author who currently writes for the Science Times section of the The New York Times. His Times article, "Rivalry Among DNA Sleuths Comes Alive in Letters", explored the recent discovery of a revealing collection of letters exchanged among the scientists involved in the race to discover the structure of DNA in the 1950s.

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Anna Ziegler is the award winning playwright of Photograph 51. Her plays, which also include Dov and Ali, Life Science, and Variations on a Theme, have been developed and produced at theaters around the world. A graduate of Yale, she holds an MFA from NYU Tisch.

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Stuart FiresteinStuart Firestein (Moderator) is Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University and a regular science advisor to the EST/Sloan Project.

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