Nobel Prize winner to speak at U commencement

by Kathryn Raddatz

This year’s commencement for the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences will feature a 1993 Nobel Prize winner. 

Phillip Sharp received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, University officials said.  He was honored with the Nobel Prize for his 1977 discovery of genes that contain “nonsense” segments that cells delete as they process genetic information.

University of Minnesota biochemistry professor Victor Bloomfield will be introducing Sharp at the commencement ceremony.  Bloomfield was Sharp’s advisor in the 1960s when Sharp was a graduate student at the University of Illinois. 

Sharp will be making the address to students on May 14 at at Mariucci Arena.  The commencement begins at 7:30 p.m.