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Olga G. Nalbandov Lecture Fund

Olga G. Nalbandov Lecture Fund

The Olga G. Nalbandov Lecture Fund provides support to enrich the campus intellectual environment in the life sciences. Funding of up to $75,000 is available in alternating years to sponsor public lectures or symposia on current topics of interest in the fields of biological and biochemical sciences. Lectures may be stand-alone events or part of a larger conference or symposium. 

Eligible expenses include speaker fees, travel, facility fees, catering costs, and other costs associated with events that center around the public lectures. 

A five-member committee appointed by the Chancellor from among heads of the departments in the School of Life Sciences, the School of Chemical Sciences, and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences evaluates the proposals and select the awards.

Committee Members:

  • May Berenbaum, Entomology
  • German Bollero, Crop Sciences
  • John Cronan, Microbiology
  • Jie Chen, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Sharon Nickols-Richardson, Food Science and Human Nutrition    

If you would like to discuss ideas for a proposal, or for further information, please contact Melanie Loots in the OVCR.


Awards, 1996-Present

The Enduring Legacy of Sol Spiegelman
Nick Vasi, Institute for Genomic Biology

Outpacing Microbial Resistance 
William Metcalf, Microbiology

Looking in the Right Direction: Carl Woese and the New Biology
Nick Vasi, Institute for Genomic Biology

Plants In Silico: Towards Realizing the Opportunity
Steve Long, Plant Biology

Illinois Symposium for Reproductive Science
Romana Nowak, Animal Sciences

Nanosensor Networks and Exabyte Analysis from Farm to Fork
Brian Cunningham, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering

Feeding Nine Billion: A Path to Sustainable Agriculture
Evan DeLucia, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment


Imaging at Illinois: Symposium on Emerging Trends in Elastography
Brad Sutton, Bioengineering

New Frontiers in Biochemistry and Biophysics of Cellular Membranes and Membrane Proteins* 
Emad Tajkhorshid, Beckman Institute

Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering Workshop 
Paul Kenis, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Illinois Symposium on Reproductive Science 2011
Ann Nardulli, Molecular and Integrative Physiology

The Electronic and Sustainability:  Design for Energy and the Environment Symposium
Timothy Lindsey, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Archea Symposium 
Charles Miller, Microbiology

Art and the Brain  
Jonathan Fineberg, Art and Design

10,000 Francs Reward
Jonathan Fineberg, Art and Design

Nursing Home Air Health 
Mark Clark, Civil Engineering 
$20,000 (NOTE: support returned)

Lauterbur Memorial Symposium
Zhi-Pei Liang, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Estrogens and Human Health 
Romana Nowak, Animal Sciences

Zeugmatography and Recent Advnces in MRI 
Zhi-Pei Liang, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Transdisciplinary Symposium on Recent Mass Die-Offs of Lesser Flamingos in Eastern and Southern Africa
Val Beasley, Veterinary Biosciences

The Biology of Crop Response and Adaptation to Global Atmospheric Change 
Stephen Long, Crop Sciences

Biocomplexity and Biodiversity 
John Cheeseman, Plant Biology; May Berenbaum, Entomology

Membrane Proteins: Experimental and Computational Approaches to Understanding Cellular Function
Colin Wraight, Biochemistry; Zaida Luthey-Schulten, Chemistry

Aging: The Impact of Nutrition and Exercise
Karen Chapman-Novakofski, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Zeugmatography:  Before and Beyond 
Zhi-Pei Liang, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bioinformatics, Structure, and Function 
Shankar Subramaniam, Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Estrogens and Human Health 
Janice Bahr, Animal Sciences; Benita Katenellenbogen, Molecular and Integrative Physiology; David Sherwood, Medical Molecular Physiology

Conference on the Development and Evolution of Brain Centers for Learning 
Susan Fahrbach, Entomology

*Funding returned 

About the Nalbandovs

Andrew and Olga Nalbandov were both highly regarded researchers in reproductive physiology. Andrew joined the faculty in 1940 and was Professor of Animal Physiology and Zoology at the time of his retirement in 1970. Olga worked as a Research Associate from 1959-1987. Olga was also an alumnae of the University (Ph.D., Chemistry, 1946).