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    Universal Biomineralization

    December 10, 2020
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Zoom Virtual Meeting
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    Chicago, IL

    A meeting with 

    Bruce W. Fouke, Ph.D.

    Director Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center
    Professor of Geology and Integrative Biology 
    Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    "Universal Biomineralization"


    Living organisms have arisen from 4 billion years of Life-Earth coevolution that has combined non-biological (abiotic) and biological (biotic) controls on mineral deposition (Biomineralization). These processes are an essential, unavoidable and ubiquitously distributed force of nature at all scales of time and space. Biomineralization therefore has profound practical implications, ranging from being the key to survival to the cause of extinction. The goal of this presentation is to advance a more comprehensive appreciation for how the complex processes involved in biomineralization play a universal role in addressing the grand challenges facing society regarding the environment, energy, health and space exploration.


    • 7:00 - 7:05  Announcements
    • 7:05 - 7:10  Presentation of the Chair's gavel to incoming 2021 Chair
    • 7:10 - 7:15  Introduction 
    • 7:15 - 8:00  "Universal Biomineralization" by Dr. Fouke

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    Bruce Fouke is a professor in Geology, Integrative Biologyand the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He also serves as Director of the Illinois Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center. His geobiology research program studies how living and fossil organisms have responded to, and often rise to influence, environmental change via universal biomineralization processes. Projects include studies of climate change recorded in coral skeletons, the emergence of infectious marine diseases, the deep subsurface biosphere, hot-spring thermophile ecology, development of antibiotic resistance, ancient Roman aqueduct hydrology and human kidney stone pathogenesis.

    You can see more about Bruce Fouke’s work on kidney stone research in a video on the May Clinic Heritage Films website:A World in a Grain of Sand: New Discoveries in Kidney Stones


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