Thu • Dec

Thursday, December 12, 2019



6:00 PM - 6:30 PM:  Refreshments and Networking

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM:  Film Screening

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM:  Discussion and Q&A


The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Sponsored by

The Academy Section on the History of Medicine and Public Health


General admission: $10; Students: $5 (with ID); Fellows and Members: Free

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In 1952, Dr. Rosalind Franklin was remarkably close to unraveling the mysteries of DNA and the building blocks of life itself. When her groundbreaking work was shared without her knowledge or permission, it was used by Drs. Crick and Watson as the foundation of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, for which they won a Nobel Prize.

DNA: The Secret of Photo 51 is a compelling documentary that investigates Dr. Franklin’s work and the crucial, yet largely unacknowledged role she played in one of the most important discoveries in scientific history.

Please join The New York Academy of Medicine for a screening of this important film, followed by a discussion with Dr. Cecily Cannan Selby and Dr. Robert Ruben.


Cecily Cannan Selby, PhD, is a noted scientist with an extensive background in research and education. Formerly, she was the dean of academic affairs at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and held an appointment as a professor of science education at New York University’s School of Education. Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Selby spent a decade in several New York laboratories, including Sloan Kettering Institute and Cornell University Medical College, studying skin and muscle cell structures at the submicroscopic level. She was educated at Radcliffe and holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robert Ruben, MD, is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery and the Department of Pediatrics as well as Director of the Clinical Research Center for Communicative Disorders at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Ruben notes, “I have two main areas of research. The first is the history of medicine in general and more specifically otolaryngology, voice, speech, language, and deafness. The second area is personalized medicine apply to otolaryngology." He has been a student and active scholar in the area of history of medicine since his first year in medical school, and this has resulted in numerous historical publications. He is a longtime NYAM Fellow and the current chair of the NYAM Section of History of Medicine and Public Health.