On Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Kurt H. Albertine presented a talk at the Science Hall Colloquium, titled “From Here to There: An Alumnus’ Trip from Plants to Pediatrics.” Albertine, who graduated from Lawrence in 1975, framed his talk about his transformation from biology major to accomplished professor of pediatrics around the research that has led him on his academic journey. Albertine began his talk and PowerPoint presentation by briefly describing the condition to which his current research is dedicated: Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, BPD for short. BPD occurs in infants born prematurely whose lungs are not fully developed and can have longterm consequences for babies who survive the condition. Eight to ten thousand children are born with BPD each year. After giving his audience a little background about BPD, Albertine took a step back and explained the factors that led him to his current research. A football player and devoted biology student during his undergraduate years, Albertine attended Dr. Clarence N. Peiss’s lecture at Lawrence in 1974. Peiss was the dean of the medical school at Loyola University in Chicago, and when Albertine showed Peiss his senior honors thesis, Peiss took the unfinished paper back to Chicago. Soon after, Peiss offered Albertine admission and tuition remission at Loyola’s medical school. Albertine had not even applied to the program. During his talk, Albertine credited serendipity for much of his success; his hard work in medical school led his mentor to recommend Albertine to the University of California, San Francisco as a post-doctoral fellow. Jokingly, Albertine said that his graduate and postdoctoral work took “no effort” on his part. Albertine’s talk was punctuated with pictures of those with whom he collaborated on various research project and papers in fun, social settings. By putting faces to the names and degrees listed before the journal articles to which he referred, Albertine gave his research a human face and emphasized the teamwork involved in undertaking extensive scientific study. At the end of his presentation, Albertine showed an eclectic mix of PowerPoint slides that included a map of the United States with arrows that mapped the places that his research has taken him over the years. He also included a photo of mountains in Park City, Utah, the city where he currently lives. Last, Albertine showed a picture of the fossil of a previously unknown plant species that he discovered in Wyoming in 2006, a plant species that will be officially named after him in the next couple years. According to Albertine, his recent discovery of a new plant species proves that his botany-focused biology studies at Lawrence have allowed him to come full circle in his academic pursuits. During a brief question and answer session at the end of his talk, Albertine offered students advice for post-graduation work. “Always have a project and then always have one or two side projects,” he urged. By having more than one research project, Albertine contended that students will be able to publish papers more frequently and more effectively engage in academic discourse. During his career, Albertine has had over 120 peer-reviewed articles published and has contributed 32 chapters to books and reviews.