On Monday, October 27, the Women’s Center held the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award Lecture, featuring Professor Carol A. Lange from the departments of Medicine and Pharmacology. Professor Lange’s lecture, Women’s Cancer: Making Sense of Hormones, gave an overview of her current research, in particular, how estrogen and progesterone receptors act differently in breast cancer cells versus how they act in normal breast tissue. Professor Lange’s lecture began with a discussion on mammary gland biology and breast cancer biology, and she spoke about how her research on women’s hormones can help identify breast cancer patients who are most likely to benefit from certain treatments.
Audience members in attendance included Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson and Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Allen Levine, as well as colleagues, students, and community members. Professor Lange also gave a special thank you to her lab, who were also in attendance.
The program concluded with Provost Hanson and Peg Lonnquist, Director of the Women’s Center, presenting Professor Lange with the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award. Professor Lange was also presented with a gift of art by Minnesota artist DC Ice. The piece, titled “Mother, Lift My Spirits,” was specially chosen by Professor Lange for several reasons, among them, she loved the symbolism of the rabbit leaping forward, the vintage vibe of the bustiere, and because it includes her favorite gemstone – pearls.