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Woods Lectures

J. James Woods Lecture Series

The "Woods" Series was established by a generous gift from the estate of J. James Woods. The goal of the Woods bequest is to bring prominent mathematicians and scientists to Butler University in order to speak on theories at the frontier of their disciplines, as well as on related technologies and other issues of public concern.

The 2019–2020 Season is announced! See our entire 2019–2020 Woods Series Schedule.

Marc Edwards

Marc EdwardsTruth Seeking in an Age of Tribalism

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 7:30 PM, Reilly Room, Atherton Union

Marc Edwards is a University Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he teaches courses in environmental engineering, applied aquatic chemistry, and engineering ethics. His research group conducted the investigative science uncovering the 2001–2004 D.C. Lead Crisis, the 2014–2016 Flint Water Disaster, and illegal pesticide dosing to water of Denmark SC 2008–2018. In 2016 he was named among TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential people in the World, the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune MagazinePolitico Magazine’s Top 50 Visionaries who have transformed American politics, Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 World’s Greatest Thinkers, and was short-listed among Flint whistleblowers as Time person(s) of the year.

He was co-recipient of the inaugural 2017 MIT Disobedience Award and received the AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award (2018) and the Hoover Humanitarian Medal (2019). 


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All Woods Lectures are free and open to the public—no tickets required.