Press Release: Dr. Duygu Özpolat

Press Release
For Immediate Release
August 21, 2018
Contact: Trinity Foreman


For Immediate Release: Dr. Duygu Özpolat to speak about worms at Maria Mitchell Association 

Nantucket, MA – The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is hosting a lecture given by Dr. Duygu Özpolat on August 29th from 7:00-8:00pm at 33 Washington Street. Her talk,“A Worm’s Fondness for Regeneration: A Story in Several Segments” focuses on a worm’s ability to regrow body parts after losing them, making them an interesting species to study and learn about. Worms can even grow a new brain.

When worms are cut into small pieces many new worms can grow, with each piece becoming its own individual worm. It raises the questions of what cells, genes and processes are involved in this regeneration and what we, as human beings, can learn from that. Dumeril’s clam worm (Platynereis dumerilii), and sea stars have the capacity to regenerate and they represent some of the organisms that are helping to answer these fascinating questions. Dr. Özpolat will discuss her research and the understanding that worms might bring to the study of regeneration.

The Maria Mitchell Association will be hosting a new speaker on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 as part of our summer Science-Speaker Series which will feature astronomers, authors, environmentalists, biologists, professors, and doctors. The MMA Speaker Series is sponsored by the Bank of America, Cisco Brewers, and Don Allen Ford.  For a full schedule and description of each speaker please visit our website at The event is free for MMA members and $10 for non-members.

The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a newly opened research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. This year celebrates Mitchell’s 200th birthday with special lectures, events, classes, and exhibits all year-long, culminating in the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium in October 2018 in Boston.