J. James Woods - Lectures in the Sciences & Mathematics

2007 - 2008 Series

The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record for Evolution

Tuesday, October 2nd, 7:30 pm, Atherton Union Reilly Room

Sean B CarrollSean Carroll - Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Carroll is the foremost interpreter of Darwin in light of the latest findings of molecular biology. He will speak about the genetics of evolution and about DNA as a record of evolution. He is also author of Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and From DNA to Diversity.

Treating AIDs and Poverty in Africa

Tuesday, October 23rd, 7:30 pm, Atherton Union Reilly Room

Joseph MamlinJoseph Mamlin, After Mamlin, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, retired in 2000, he founded the AMPATH program in Kenya. AMPATH, a partnership between IU School of Medicine and Moi University School of Medicine in Kenya, is one of sub-Saharan Africa's largest and most comprehensive HIV control programs, and has been nominated for a Nobel Prize. Dr. Mamlin will speak about his medical work in Africa. 

Bodies, Commodities and Biotechnologies

Wednesday, November 7th, 7:30 pm, Atherton Union Reilly Room

Lesley SharpLesley Sharp, is Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College and Senior Research Scientist at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Well known medical anthropologist and ethnographer of Madagascar, Professor Sharp has most recently published two major volumes on the culture and ethics of organ transplants: Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies: Death, Mourning, and Scientific Desire in the Realm of Human Organ Transfer and Strange Harvest: Organ Transplants, Denatured Bodies, and the Transformed Self. She will speak about artificial forms of body replacement and how physicians and patients think about them.

Melting Mountains, Burning Fields: Global Warming, Science and Religion

Monday, November 12th, 7:30 pm, Atherton Union Reilly Room

John HartProfessor of Christian Ethics at Boston University School of Theology and the author of four books, including Sacramental Commons: Christian Ecological Ethics, Professor Hart has lectured widely on environmental ethics and on the relationship between science and religion. He will speak on scientific and religious perspectives on global warming. This lecture is cosponsored by Butler University's Center for Faith and Vocation.

What Makes Cows Mad?

Wednesday, February 13th, noon, Robertson Hall Johnson Room

Laura ManuelidisLaura Manuelidis is a longtime investigator of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (diseases like Mad Cow), Dr. Manuelidis of the Yale School of Medicine will discuss recent work that conflicts with what has become the reigning causal theory of these diseases. She will argue that the prion hypothesis has yet to be definitively established and discuss her recently published evidence of virions that cause the brain pathology in Mad Cow and related diseases.

The Omnivore's Dilemma

Monday, February 25th, 7:30 pm, Atherton Union Reilly Room

Michael PollanWhat do you know about the food that you eat? Named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan, Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, is about deciding what to eat when faced with the modern industrial food system.

The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos

Monday, April 14th, 7:30 pm, Atherton Union Reilly Room

Robert KirshnerDr. Kirshner is Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard University. His book chronicles the research that led to an extraordinary cosmological discovery: the expansion of the universe is accelerating under the influence of a dark energy that makes space itself expand. He will speak about the implications of this discovery for the future of the universe.