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Science Lecture Series

The Science Lecture Series, originally called the Science 2000 seminars, was created in 1987 at the inspiration of Dr. Philip Barnhart, Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Dr. Jerry Jenkins, Chair of the Department of Chemistry. Established with three-year funding from The Westinghouse Educational Foundation, Barnhart and Jenkins were hopeful that the seminars would become an annual event. In 1989, following a bequest from Mildred K. White, the George W. and Mildred K. White Science Seminar Fund was established. These Funds fulfill their educational interests in scientific enrichment.

The White Science Seminar Fund established a quasi-endowment, income and principle of which are used to sponsor the annual scientific seminars. Through these seminars, national leaders in science and technology share their insights about the future of scientific endeavor.

Today, the Science Lecture Series is coordinated by a committee, chaired by the Office of Academic Affairs, comprised of the Science Outreach Coordinator and representatives from the Science Division which includes the departments of Chemistry, Equine Science, Psychology, Nursing, Physics and Astronomy, Life and Earth Sciences, and Mathematical and Computer Sciences.

2013 Science Lecture Series

  • 2013 - Flipping the switch: how cells use RNA to regulate gene expression

Past Lectures

  • 1987 – The Information Revolution

  • 1988 – The Three-Pound Universe

  • 1989 – Longevity: The Myths and Realities of Aging

  • 1990 – The Origins of Life

  • 1991 – Genetic Medicine: Accomplishments, Prospects, and Bioethics

  • 1993 – Backyard Biosphere: Environmental Technology and Ethics in Everyday Life

  • 1994 – Health Care 2000: American Through the Looking Glass

  • 1995 – Cosmology: the Universe Around Us

  • 1996 – Nature’s Mind and the Human Body: Darwin in Contemporary Psychology

  • 1997 – Educating for Community: Science and the Community

  • 1998 – Animals in Society: Exploring the Human-Animal Bond

  • 1999 – DNA Microchips: A Revolution in Nucleic Acid Diagnostics

  • 2000 – Women in Science: Lessons in Leadership

  • 2001 – NASA: Experimentation and Exploration in Space

  • 2002 – Nature and Nurture in Child Development

  • 2003 – G3: Gratifying the Globe Through Green Chemistry

  • 2004 – Got Nano? The Next Big Thing is Small

  • 2005 – Big Bang Boom: Einstein’s Universe

  • 2008 – Through the Looking Glass: The Meaning of Quantum Mechanics

  • 2009 – Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species

  • 2011- The Galactic Center - Uncovering the Pulse of our Galaxy

  • 2012 - A History of Violence