J. James Woods - Lectures in the Sciences & Mathematics

Fall 2009

The Philosophical Baby: What children's minds tell us about truth, love and the meaning of life

Monday, October 5th, 7:30 pm, Atherton Union Reilly Room

Alison GopnikAlison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, is an internationally recognized leader in the study of children's learning and development and was the first to argue that children's minds could help us understand deep philosophical questions. She was one of the founders of the study of "theory of mind", illuminating how children come to understand the minds of others, and she formulated the "theory theory", the idea that children learn in the same way that scientists do. Professor Gopnik is the author of over one hundred articles and several books, including the best-selling The Scientist in the Crib. She will speak on the topic of her new book.

Bringing Nature Home

Tuesday, November 3rd, 7:30 pm, Clowes Memorial Hall

Doug TallamyDoug Tallamy, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, Doug Tallamy wants us to garden as though life depends on it. His simple but powerful message is this: gardeners can foster biodiversity simply by choosing to plant more natives. In his eye-opening book, Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens , Tallamy shows how life does depend on what we plant in our backyards. It's a book that makes us look at our gardens - and think of our role as gardeners - in a new, more meaningful way. Doors will open at 6:30 for refreshments from local sources and displays by local conservation and gardening organizations.

Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment

Monday, November 16th, 7:30 pm, Atherton Union Reilly Room

Sandra SteingraberSandra Steingraber, ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert on the environmental links to cancer and human health. Steingraber's highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment presents cancer as a human rights issue. It was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with newly released data from U.S. cancer registries. Steingraber's new work, Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood, explores the intimate ecology of motherhood. Both a memoir of her own pregnancy and an investigation of fetal toxicology, Having Faith reveals the alarming extent to which environmental hazards now threaten each crucial stage of infant development. Heralded by the Sierra Club as "the new Rachel Carson," Dr. Steingraber's work bridges the gap between environmental science and activism.


Spring 2010

Lawrence Krauss, Author

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 pm, Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Lawrence KraussLawrence Krauss, is professor of physics and director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University. A renowned theoretical physicist, Krauss is also a best-selling author. His seven popular books - including The Physics of Star Trek, Quintessence and Hiding in the Mirror - help make key theories and questions in modern physics accessible to lay readers. Krauss frequently writes for magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Climate Change and Indiana's Future

Thursday, March 4th, 7:30 pm, Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Katharine HayhoeDr. Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University atmospheric scientist, assesses regional impacts of climate change across a range of sectors including water resources, human health, agriculture and natural ecosystems. She leads the climate impact assessments for the U.S. Midwest and the Eastern Mediterranean and serves as a lead author for the U.S. Climate Science Program's upcoming report, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States."

Robert H. Frank, Professor

Thursday, March 25th, 7:30 pm, Clowes Memorial Hall
Free of Charge; Ticket Required

Robert FrankRobert H. Frank, an internationally renowned behavioral economist and New York Times columnist, Robert H. Frank studies the ways in which social and psychological forces affect market behavior and the ways markets and economics affect human behavior. He is an expert on the causes and consequences of social inequality, and the ways that public policy can enhance market efficiency and improve the well being of middle-income.