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Mark your calendar for fall Montgomery lecture series

The Montgomery Endowment's "Science and Society"  series will begin Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. with a lecture by Dr. Rita Colwell, chair of Canon US Life Sciences, Inc. and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Colwell will speak in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall.

Rita Colwell
Rita Colwell

The fall series will address the role of science in a liberal arts education and in public policy.

A public health expert, Colwell will speak on "Science and Society in the 21st Century."

Colwell's research focuses on global infectious diseases, water and health. She is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both developed and developing populations.

She served as 11th director of the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004, has authored or co-authored 16 books and more than 700 scientific publications and was the producer of the award-winning film, Invisible Seas.

Colwell was President of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute from 1991 to 1998 and a member of the National Science Board from 1984 to 1990. She holds a B.S. degree in bacteriology and an M.S. degree in genetics from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Washington. She has received 44 honorary degrees, including one from Dartmouth in 2003.

Each year, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment brings noted individuals to campus as Montgomery Fellows to meet with students and faculty members and to deliver public lectures. After Colwell's visit, the "Science and Society" series will continue with public presentations by renowned author and neurologist Oliver Sacks and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sidney Altman. Sacks will speak on "Creativity and the Brain" on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Altman will address "Science and Society: Morality, Intellect, and Real Science" on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Both lectures will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall.

By JOEL AALBERTS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08