Omaha Public Radio News
1:56 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Prize-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot speaks at the Orpheum this Thursday

Omaha, NE – Author Rebecca Skloot is the guest speaker at this year's 21st Women and Health Lecture taking place at the Orpheum Theatre this Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Skloot is the prize-winning science author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Amy Haddad is the Director for the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University. She says the lecture's goal is to offer a service project to the community that brings women's health issues, ethics and the humanities together.

Haddad says the author was very interested in Henrietta Lacks and her remarkable legacy, "She was the source of cells that have been cultured now many times over and used in any number of research studies; a lot of research that's led to advances in science. And she was interested in the family and the person from whom those cells were taken."

There will be a book signing following the lecture. The event is free but registration is required at chpe.creighton.edu.