Nationally renowned cancer researcher David McCormick, PhD, was
the featured speaker at the Margaret and Herman Sokol Science Lecture held at
Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater on October 1.
A leading expert in the fields of toxicology,
carcinogenesis, cancer biology and the biological effects of non-ionizing
radiation, McCormick spoke on the topic, “Cell Phones and Cancer Risk, What Do We
Really Know?” Stating that although to date, there is no body of evidence to
link cell phone use to brain cancer, continued research on the subject is necessary
considering the staggering numbers of people worldwide who use cell phones.
McCormick is a professor of Biology at Illinois Institute of
Technology (IIT) and the senior vice president and director of the IIT
Research Institute. He is currently working on a number of research projects
for the National Cancer Institute and is finishing up a seven-year, $25-million
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences research project on
“Studies to Evaluate the Toxic and Carcinogenic Potential of Cell Phone
The recipient of numerous awards and honors including the
New Investigator Research Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, and the IIT Research Institute Presidential Award for Science and
Technology, McCormick is a member of the American Association for Cancer
Research, the Society of Toxicology and the American College of Toxicology.
Presented by the College
of Science and Mathematics, the Sokol Science Lecture Series was
established in 2002 through a gift from benefactors Margaret and Herman Sokol.
The annual lectures provide an opportunity for members of the University and
surrounding communities to gain a greater appreciation and expanded knowledge
of important issues in science.
Videos of the lecture, “Cell Phones and Cancer Risk, What Do We Really Know?” are available for viewing at Sokol Lecture.