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Marshall W. Nirenberg Papers 1937-2003 (bulk 1957-1997)
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Series 6: Professional Activities, 1951-2002 [series]:

During the period of his genetic code experimentation, beginning with the poly-U announcement through the Nobel Prize, Nirenberg was in great demand, presenting at conferences and lecturing at scientific societies and institutions. The Professional Activities Series reflects this flurry of activity. It consists mainly of drafts and notes of lectures and presentations given by Nirenberg at various conferences, as well as notes taken by him; additional materials include articles and clippings, correspondence, and conference and event programs and posters. The series is arranged into three sub-series: Conferences and Symposia, Lectures and Talks, and Professional Organizations.

The first and largest sub-series, Conferences and Symposia, includes drafts of Nirenberg's talks at annual conferences such as the Gordon Research Conference, Neurosciences Research Program (NRP) meetings, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory symposia. Most noteworthy among these materials are the three folders regarding the Fifth International Congress of Biochemistry in Moscow in October 1961, at which Nirenberg revealed his work with Matthaei on poly-U. These materials include drafts of his now-famous presentation and memorabilia collected during the trip, particularly pins depicting the icons of the U.S.S.R.

During this same period Nirenberg also was a featured speaker at such events as the Harvey Society lecture series and the Robbins Lectureship at Pomona College. Materials for such talks are found within the Lectures and Talks sub-series, although some presentations are represented only by a program, flyer, or newspaper clipping. Both the Conferences and Symposia sub-series and the Lectures and Talks sub-series are arranged chronologically; folders containing drafts of presentations are identified as such in square brackets after the folder title.

Once the fervor of cracking the genetic code dissipated and Nirenberg turned his attention to neurobiology, the demand for him as a featured speaker declined. Nonetheless, he remained a perpetual student, attending conferences as a non-speaker and participating in the NRP intensive study programs and work sessions. The Conferences and Symposia sub-series includes notes taken by Nirenberg on these occasions.

The final sub-series represents professional organizations in which Nirenberg participated and also organizations which were interested in having him as a member. These materials, which include annual reports, correspondence, newsletters, and programs, are arranged alphabetically by the name of the organization. Similar materials also can be found in the daily books within Series 3.

 
Conferences and Symposia, 1951-2002 [subseries]:
126 20
Florida Entimological Society, 34th annual meeting (Winter Haven, FL), 1951 Sep 13-14
126 21
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology [includes draft of paper], 1961
126 22-24
Fifth International Congress of Biochemistry (Moscow, Russia) [includes drafts of 'Poly-U' paper], 1961 Aug
126 25
Gordon Research Conferences on Nucleic Acids (New Hampton, NH), 1962 Jun 25-29
126 26
Royaumont Colloquium on Information in Biology (Paris, France), [1962 Jul]
126 27
2nd Conference on Studies in Brain Function: RNA and Brain Function (Los Angeles, CA), 1962 Nov 16-19
126 28
IV Congreso National de Microbiologia (Monterrey, NL), 1962 Dec 3-7
126 29
West Central States Biochemistry Conference, [ca. 1963]
126 30
Cold Spring Harbor meeting (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) [includes notes on Gordon Research Conferences (New Hampton, NH)], 1963; 1965
126 31-32
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (Atlantic City, NJ) [includes draft of paper], 1963 Apr 16-20
126 33
American Chemical Society symposium (New York, NY) [includes notes for paper], 1963 Sep
127 1
[Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology], [1964?]
127 2
American Chemical Society meeting (Denver, CO) [includes notes for paper], 1964
127 3
Sixth International Congress of Biochemistry (New York, NY), 1964 Jul 29-31
127 4
Gordon Research Conferences on Nucleic Acids (New Hampton, NH), 1964 [Aug]
127 5
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology meeting (Atlantic City, NJ), 1965 Apr
127 6-7
Gordon Research Conferences on Nucleic Acids (New Hampton, NH) [includes drafts of paper], 1965 Jun
127 8
Symposium on the Relationship between Biological and Physical Science (Columbia University, New York, NY) [includes draft of paper], [1966]
127 9
[Unknown conference] (La Jolla, CA), 1966 Feb
127 10-11
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology meeting (Atlantic City, NJ), 1966 [Apr]
127 12-14
Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Qualitative Biology, XXI. The Genetic Code (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) [includes drafts of paper], 1966 Jun 2-8
127 15-18
Neurosciences Research Program Intensive Study Program (Boulder, CO) [includes drafts of paper], 1966 Jul 18-Aug 12
127 19
Centennial Celebration of Thomas H. Morgan's Birth (University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY), 1966 Sep 19
127 20
[Travel schedules], 1967-1968
127 21
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology meeting [includes draft of paper], 1967 Apr
127 22
American College of Physicians Forty-Eighth Annual Session (San Francisco, CA), 1967 Apr 10-14
127 23
Gordon Research Conferences on Nucleic Acids (New Hampton, NH), 1967 Jun 19-23
127 24
Pathobiology Conference (Aspen, CO) [includes notes for paper], 1967 Aug
127 25-26
Seventh International Congress of Biochemistry (Tokyo, Japan) [includes drafts of paper], 1967 Aug
127 27-28
Neurosciences Research Program Associates meeting (Brookline, MA), 1968 Feb 5-7
128 1
6th HEW Forum [includes drafts of paper], 1968 Feb 14
128 2-3
Neurosciences Research Program Intensive Study Program (Boulder, CO), 1969 Jul 21-Aug 8
128 4
Neurosciences Research Program Work Session: Macromolecules in Synaptic Function (MIT, Brookline, MA), 1969 Nov 16-18
128 5
Neurosciences Research Program 20th stated meeting (MIT, Brookline, MA), 1970 Aug 3-5
128 6
Neurosciences Research Program Work Session: Contributions of Clonal Systems to Neurobiology (MIT, Brookline, MA), 1971 Mar 7-9
128 7
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology meeting (San Francisco, CA) [includes draft of paper], 1971 Jun
128 8
Fourth Tutorial on Clinical Cytology: Human Chromosomes and Chromatin, 1971 Aug 19-21
128 9
Society of Neurosciences meeting (Houston, TX), 1972 Oct 9-11
128 10
New York Academy of Sciences Conference on the Trophic Function of the Neuron (New York, NY), 1973 Mar 5-7
128 11
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 1973 Apr
128 12
Molecular Neurobiology Symposium (Given Institute, Aspen, CO), 1973 Jun 18-22
128 13
Golgi Centennial Symposium of the Discovery of the "Reazione Nera", 1973 Jul 27
128 14
Neurosciences Research Program Conference: Functional Linkage in Biomolecular Systems (Pebble Beach, CA), 1973 Aug 2-7
128 15
International Symposium on the Structural Basis of Membrane Function (University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran), 1975 May 5-7
128 16
International Narcotic Research Club Symposium (Airlie House, VA), 1975 May 21-24
128 17-18
Neurosciences Research Program Work Session: Genesis of Neuronal Patterns (MIT, Brookline, MA), 1975 Nov 29-Dec 1
128 19
National Academy of Sciences Bicentennial Symposium (Washington, DC), 1976 Oct 10
128 20
Neurosciences Research Program Work Session: Neurobiology of Peptides (MIT, Brookline, MA), 1976 Oct 21-23
128 21
[Conference schedule], 1977-1978
128 22
Institut Pasteur - Weizmann Institute Symposium on Structure and Development of the Nervous System, 1977 Oct 23-26
128 23
[Endorphins in Mental Health Symposium] (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 1977 Dec
128 24-25
Study Week of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (Vatican City) [includes transcript of panel discussion], 1978 Oct 9-14
128 26
Fogerty Symposium on Membranes (NIH, Bethesda, MD), 1978 Oct 19-21
128 27
Winter Brain Research Conference (Sun Valley, ID), 1979 Jan
128 28
American Society for Neurochemistry, 10th meeting, 1979 Mar 11-16
128 29
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (Dallas, TX) [includes draft of paper], 1979 Apr
128 30
Gordon Research Conferences on Cyclic Nucleotides (Meriden, NH), 1979 Jun 10-15
128 31
Federation of European Biochemical Societies, 13th meeting (Jerusalem, Israel), 1980 Aug 24-29
128 32
Cold Spring Harbor Workshop: Monoclonal Antibodies Against Antigens (Cold Spring Harbor, NY), 1980 Nov 5-8
128 33
Trends in Bioassay Methodology: In vivo, In vitro and Mathematical Approaches Symposium (Washington, DC), 1981 Feb 18-20
128 34
Gordon Research Conferences on Cyclic Nucleotides (Meriden, NH), 1982 Jan 13018
128 35
Molecular Approaches to the Nervous System (Cold Spring Harbor, NY), 1982 Aug 9-14
128 36
Second Biennial Conference on the Fate of the Earth, [ca. 1984]
128 37
[Neuroscience Society meeting], [1985 Oct 27]
128 38
Pontifical Academy of Sciences 50th anniversary and plenary session (Vatican City), 1986 Oct 27-30
128 39
Centenary Symposium on the Impact of Molecular Biology on Medical Research (NIH and Pasteur Institute, Bethesda, MD), 1987 May 26-28
128 40
Genetically Engineered Insulin: a Ten-Year Perspective Symposium (National Academies of Science and Engineering, Irvine, CA), 1988 Dec 1
128 41
[Conference schedules], 1991-1992
128 42
Conference in honor of Marshall Nirenberg, Genes and Development: Twenty-Five Years after Deciphering the Genetic Code (NIH, Bethesda, MD), 1992 May 7-8
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Symposium in Functional Genetics in honor of Marshall Nirenberg, The Genetic Code Revisited: the Impact of Functional Genomics in Medical Research (NIH, Bethesda, MD), 2002 Dec 16
 
Lectures and Talks, [ca. 1957]-1985 [subseries]:
128 43
[Untitled draft of talk on problem of genetic coding], undated
128 44
[Phosphorylase talks], [ca. 1957-1959]
128 45
[Notes for unknown talk on hormones and enzymes], [ca. 1958]
128 46
[Notes for miscellaneous talks], [ca. 1961-1963]
129 1-2
"On the Nature of the Genetic Code," NIH Institute Lecture (Bethesda, MD) [includes drafts and transcripts], 1963 Dec 4
129 3-4
Talks [includes notes and drafts], 1964-1968
129 5-6
["Protein Synthesis and the RNA Code," Harvey Society Lecture (New York, NY] [includes drafts], [ca. 1964?]
129 7
[Notes for unknown NIH talk], 1964
129 8
[New slides for Hogg talk], [1965 Nov]
129 9
International Seminar on Medical Genetics (Birmingham, AL) [includes transcript], 1966 Aug 30
129 10
["Fine Structure of the RNA Code"], American Chemical Society (Birmingham, NY), 1966 Sep
129 11-14
Robbins Lectureship, Pomona College (Claremont, CA) [includes drafts], 1967 Mar
129 15
"Elucidation of the Genetic Code," Sixtieth Undergraduate Medical Association Day, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), 1967 Mar 30
129 16
[Untitled notes for talk, University of Colorado Medical School (Denver, CO)], [1967 May]
129 17
Remsen Memorial Lecture, Maryland Chapter of the American Chemical Society, 1967 Jun 2
129 18
"Popular Comparison - Molecular Commentary of Cell as Man's Communication [in the] Future" [includes draft], 1967 Oct
129 19
"Genetic Versus Neural Information Processing Systems," Genetic, Metabolic and Developmental Aspects of Mental Retardation seminar, Howard University (Washington, DC) [includes transcript], 1969
129 20
[Untitled transcript of talk on NF gene and its products], [ca. 1975?]
129 21
"Communication between Cultured Neurons," Fifty-First Joseph Henry Lecture, Philosophical Society of Washington, 1982 May 7
129 22
"Synapse Plasticity," Annual Ewing Halsell Lecture, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1982 Dec 6
129 23
"Genetics -- Prospects and Issues for Society," Morton Levy Memorial Lecture Series (Orlando, FL), 1985 Mar 24
 
Professional Organizations, 1960-1992 [subseries]:
129 24-26
American Academy of Neurology -- Potamkin Prize Award Subcommittee, 1987-1988
129 27
American Chemical Society, 1960-1963
129 28
American Society of Biological Chemists, 1964; 1988
129 29
American Society for Neurochemistry, 1978
129 30
Annual Review of Biochemistry -- Editorial Committee, 1969
129 31
Biopolymers -- Editorial Board, 1962-1964
129 32
Federal Council for Science and Technology, 1962
129 33
Five Continent Peace Initiative, 1985
129 34
Information Exchange Group 7, 1965
129 35
Institute of Medicine, 1978-1992
129 36
International Council of Human Duties, [1993]
129 37
Kennedy Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and Bioethics, 1977
129 38
National Academy of Sciences, 1967-1992
129 39
New York Academy of Sciences, 1968
129 40
Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 1974
129 41
Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, [ca. 1965]