J. James Woods - Lectures in the Sciences & Mathematics

Woods Lecture Series 2014-2015

Patricia C. Wright

Saving Lemurs from Extinction: The Challenges

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 - 7:30 p.m., Reilly Room

WrightThe 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.




John Dupre

From the Mendelian Gene to the Dynamic Genome

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 - 7:30 p.m., Reilly Room

DupreDupré will 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.

William Dunham

Your humble Servant, Is. Newton

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 - 7:30 p.m., Reilly Room

DunhamAlmost 50 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. 




George Reisch

Paradigms and the Cold War "Struggle for Men's Minds"

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015- 7:30 p.m., Reilly Room








Skylar Tibbits

A 4D Future

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 - 7:30 p.m., Reilly Room








Jessica Green

Cities Unseen: How Microbes Can Make Better Public Spaces, Buildings, and Human Beings Healthier

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:30 p.m., Reilly Room