Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:05am

William Gordon, associate professor of research at Louisiana State University Medical Center, will present a program on April 2 as part of JCC's Celebration of Science series.

Dr. Gordon will discuss “Oxidative Stress and the Role of Mitochondria in Photoreceptor Apoptotic Cell Death or Why Does Light Kill Photoreceptors?” The program, free and open to the public, begins at noon in the Weeks Reception Hall in the Arts and Sciences Center on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

Dr. Gordon, associate professor of research in the department of ophthalmology and Neuroscience Center for Excellence at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, earned an associate's degree at JCC in 1967. He also earned bachelor's and master's degrees at SUNY Fredonia and a doctorate in biology at the University of South Florida.

Prior to joining the Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1987, Dr. Gordon taught at the University of Kansas, the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine, Hillsborough Community College, and SUNY Fredonia. His research has been published in several journals and books, including Biochemistry of the Eye and Retinal Degenerations: Mechanism and Experimental Therapy, and he has presented numerous papers and abstracts throughout the world.

Dr. Gordon was nominated as Teacher of the Year at the University of Kansas in 1987 and received the National Research Service Award for an individual research fellowship from 1978 to 1980. Dr. Gordon received the JCC Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006.

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