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Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe, ’63, returns to CCNY, May 28

John O'Keefe, CCNY Class of 1963, and a 2014 Nobel Laureate, will lecture at his alma mater, May 28.

In his first return to his alma mater since receiving a Nobel Prize last fall, John O’Keefe presents the inaugural Professor Sharon Cosloy-Edward Blank Family Distinguished Scientist Lecture, Thursday, May 28 at The City College of New York. His talk, 4 p.m. in NAC room 0/201, will be entitled “The Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map: How we got here and where we are going.” 

It is free and open to the public but a reservation is required.Click here.

O’Keefe’s lecture will explain the latest cutting-edge research on the hippocampus, a small but crucial part of the brain that plays an important role in memory and spatial navigation. 

O’Keefe’s co-­discovery of cells "that constitute a positioning system in the brain” earned the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. A 1963 alumnus, he is CCNY’s 10th Nobel Laureate. 

A day after his lecture, the Harlem-born O’Keefe will receive the honorary degree Doctor of Science at CCNY’s 169th Commencement Exercises on campus. 

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Jay Mwamba
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