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Symposium to celebrate MSU's Cooley Lab renovation Feb 23.

February 2, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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A symposium focused on the history of Robert A. Cooley, Cooley Laboratory, and featuring the work of an internationally recognized cancer researcher takes place February 23 at 6 p.m. in the Museum of the Rockies' Hager Auditorium. The symposium celebrates the beginning of renovation of Cooley Lab.

Pierce Mullen, Emeritus history professor at Montana State University will discuss the history of Robert A. Cooley. Cooley was an entomologist on the faculty at Montana State College (before it became Montana State University) starting in 1899. He became Montana's state entomologist in 1903, a position he lobbied the Legislature to create. Cooley joined the fight against Rocky Mountain spotted fever--a deadly tick-borne illness that plagued the Bitterroot Valley--and championed tick eradication efforts.

Norman Reed, retired Professor of Microbiology and former department head will talk about the history of the 50-year-old Cooley Lab.

MSU President Waded Cruzado will continue the symposium with a discussion of the future of Cooley Lab. A grant from the National Institute for Health of almost $15 million will allow MSU to upgrade the building for biomedical research.

The keynote lecture will be given by Gary Stoner a professor of medicine and director of the Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program in the Cancer Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Stoner started his cancer research career at MSU in the Department of Microbiology. His talk is titled "Food-based Approaches to Cancer Prevention: The Preclinical and Clinical Development of Berries."

A reception follows the speakers in the museum lobby.

The Cooley Symposium is sponsored by MSU's Department of Microbiology, College of Letters and Science, Office of the Vice President for Research and Office of the President.

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