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Bethlehem, Pa., March 13, 2006—Dr. Frank J. Rauscher III ’79, cancer researcher and professor of molecular genetics at the University of Pennsylvania, and deputy director of the Wistar Institute, will present a talk “Cancer Research in the New Millennium: The Challenges and Opportunities of Genomic Medicine” to kick-off the Relay For Life at Moravian College. Rauscher will present the talk to the campus community and area alumni on Wednesday, March 15, at 4 p.m., in the Dana Lecture Hall, Collier Hall of Science.
“We are delighted to have such a distinguish alumnus return to our campus to share his research experience with our college community,” said Cecilia Fox, assistant professor of biology. As Moravian College prepares for its first Relay for Life event, Rauscher's work in cancer research will serve as an important reminder of the value of cancer education, advocacy, survivorship and fundraising.”
Moravian College’s Pre-Med and Colleges Against Cancer Clubs are sponsoring the college’s first Relay for Life on April 4. The effort, which will last from noon until midnight, is part of the All-College Service Day in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Relay for Life events around the country raise money for cancer research and American Cancer Society programs and celebrate survivorship. Participants assemble teams of people to walk or run around a set track during the course of the event, and each team is responsible for having one member on the track at all times. Others donate a given amount of money based on the time or distance that a participant runs.
In recognition of his distinguished contributions to cancer research, the Moravian College Alumni Association presented the 2001 Comenius Award to Rauscher. The award honors a Moravian College graduate for outstanding achievement or services in the graduate's field of work. Given annually since 1941, the award is named for 17th century Moravian bishop John Amos Comenius, considered the father of modern education.
After graduating from Moravian in 1979, Rauscher spent two years as a research assistant at Yale University's School of Medicine and then earned a Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, State University of New York at Buffalo. During his postdoctoral fellowship at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, he discovered the molecular basis for osteosarcoma in a mouse model. In 1990, he joined the Wistar Institute where he is currently professor and chairman of the molecular genetics program. In addition, he is both principal investigator and Deputy Director of the Wistar Institute Cancer Center. During his tenure there he has discovered several tumor suppressor genes which control the development of cancers in the kidney, lung and breast.
Rauscher has been widely recognized for his work and was named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences (1991-1995). He also received the Wilson S. Stone Memorial Award in 1991. In 1995, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation presented him with the William L. McGuire, M.D. Memorial Fellowship. He is a member of the American Association for the Moravian College honors Frank J. Rauscher, III with Comenius Award Advancement of Science, the International Association for Comparative Research of Leukemia and Related Diseases, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Society of Nephrology, and the International Council of the Israeli Cancer Research Foundation.
Since becoming a member of the American Association of Cancer Research in 1990, Rauscher has served in numerous capacities, including his current position as a member of the Board of Directors. He also is the Editor-in-Chief for its flagship journal, Cancer Research and is on the Editorial Board of the AACR publication Cell Growth & Differentiation.
Rauscher's early interest in science developed through his close association with another outstanding Moravian College alumnus, Dr. Frank Rauscher Jr. '53. Frank Rauscher Jr. set the example of excellence for his son and received the Comenius Award in 1963. Dr. Rauscher resides in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Melissa A. Ludwig '80, and their two children, Griffin and Frank IV.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the website at www.moravian.edu.