Woods Lecture Series 2014-2015
Patricia C. Wright
Saving Lemurs from Extinction: The Challenges
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 - 7:30 p.m., Reilly
The 2014 Indianapolis
Prize Winner, Patricia Chapple Wright, presents the challenges,
cooperation, and triumphs in her efforts to save some of the most
critically endangered species on Earth. Wright gives new meaning to
the phrase, "It takes a village." You will see how a team effort
between the Malagasy government, villagers, and Wright is making
life better not only for the people, but also the lemurs. Wright
and the lemurs were featured in a 3-D IMAX documentary released
nationwide in April 2014, titled "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar."
The film, narrated by Morgan Freeman, aimed to inspire a mainstream
audience to advance the conservation efforts for lemurs,primates
that have been around since the time of the dinosaurs.
From the Mendelian Gene to the Dynamic Genome
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 - 7:30 p.m., Reilly
briefly sketch the history of the gene concept from the heyday of
Mendelian genetics in the early 20th century through the landmark
discovery of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick in 1953 and
the Human Genome Project to the contemporary concept of the genome.
He will explain how current understanding of genomes has displaced
or marginalized traditional and still widely held interpretations
of genes as the causes of particular features of organisms.
Dupré will also discuss how increasingly dynamic
understandings of the genome are undermining and supplanting
popular ideas of the genome as a blueprint or a program.
Your humble Servant, Is.
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.,
years ago, Cambridge University Press published the
correspondence of Isaac Newton, a seven-volume, 3000-page
collection of letters that provide insight into this great,
if difficult, genius. In this talk, Dunham shares his
favorite examples of Newton as correspondent. From his
earliest known letter in 1661 (where he scolded a friend for
being drunk); through exchanges with Leibniz, Locke, and others; to
documents from his days at the Mint in London, these writings give
glimpses of Newton at his best … and his worst.
Paradigms and the Cold War "Struggle for Men's
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015- 7:30 p.m., Reilly
A 4D Future
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 - 7:30 p.m., Reilly
Cities Unseen: How Microbes Can Make Better Public Spaces,
Buildings, and Human Beings Healthier
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:30 p.m., Reilly