Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne
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The Grimwade Medal Oration will be hosted by the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute.
The Grimwade Medal for 2023 will be presented to Professor Venki Ramakrishnan from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK.
Professor Ramakrishnan shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath for research on the structure and function of ribosomes.
The Grimwade Medal funded by the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund has been a significant supporter of academic activity at the University of Melbourne. The Grimwade Medal aims to promote the discipline of biochemistry and molecular biology by inviting a stellar researcher each year to visit the University.
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2024 Downing Public Lecture: Where Does Wealth Come From?
Presented by Professor Sandra E. Black, Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Recent decades have seen substantial increases in wealth inequality; this is particularly troubling given the high persistence of this inequality across generations. Yet we have surprisingly little understanding of how and why wealth is transmitted across generations. Is this persistence driven by innate biological differences across families, or is it driven by growing up in different environment with access to different opportunities?
Professor Sandra E. Black will discuss the recent research in economics that tries to answer this question, focusing on how one can disentangle the role of nature versus nurture. Professor Black will then take a step back and discuss what we actually mean when we think about differences in wealth.
Background: Downing Lecture Series
Distinguished visiting economists are invited to present at the Downing Lecture for the purpose of promoting analysis and discussion of economic and social research policy. The lectures series have been made possible by a generous fellowship that was established by friends and colleagues of the late Professor Richard Downing (BA (Hons) 1936), in memory of his life and work.
Richard Ivan Downing was Ritchie Professor of Research and Economics in the University from 1952 until his death in 1975. Not only did Professor Downing make significant contributions to economic research in this position, he also put much effort into guiding and fostering the research interests of students and staff. For twenty years he edited The Economic Record. He also played a prominent part in founding the now Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.
The lecture will be delivered in-person. Join us for pre-lecture drinks from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. The lecture will commence at 6.30pm.