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Woods Lectures
J. James Woods Lecture Series

Woods Lecture Series 2021–2022

Dr. Amanda Vincent

Saving Seahorses to Save the Seas

Dr. Amanda VincentMonday, September 27, 2021, 7:30 PM
Schrott Center for the Arts

The world’s quirky and iconic seahorses have quite a tale to tell. They face enormous conservation challenges and inspire solutions that matter globally. Hear how Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. Amanda Vincent’s combination of determination and hope is saving not only these iconic sea creatures but also our world’s oceans.


Carl Craver

Living Without Memory: What Does Remembrance Contribute to the Value of Human Life?

Carl CraverThursday, October 21, 2021, 7:30 PM
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Carl Craver is a philosopher of neuroscience trying to understand how minds fit in a world of causes. With interests that expand into the history and philosophy of biology, metaphysics, and beyond, his works are considered locus classicus in the new mechanistic philosophy.


Miriah Meyer

The impact of visualization: from the practical to the ethical

Miriah MeyerThursday, December 2, 2021, 7:30 PM
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Associate professor at the Linköping University in Sweden, Miriah Meyer is also a co-director of the Visualization Design Lab. The lab focuses on the design of visualization systems for making sense of complicated data and developing methods to help visualization designers make sense of the world.


Mark Jacobson

Transitioning Cities, States, Countries, and the World to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy

Mark JacobsonTuesday, January 18, 2022, 7:30 PM
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Mark Jacobson discusses the development of technical and economic roadmaps to convert the energy infrastructures of homes, cities, countries, and the world to those powered by 100% wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) for all purposes after energy efficiency measures have been accounted for.


Beth Loftus

The Fiction of Memory

Beth LoftusThursday, February 24, 2022, 7:30 PM
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Distinguished professor at the University of California—Irvine, Elizabeth Loftus is a reknown expert in the malleability of human memory. Her work has led to her being called in as an expert or consultant in hundreds of cases including: the trial of the officers accused in the Rodney King beating, the Oklahoma Bombing case, and litigation involving Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart, and more.


Tanya Smith

The Tales Teeth Tell

Tanya SmithMonday, March 21, 2022, 7:30 PM
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Professor Smith explores the evolution and development of human dentition. Her research has helped to identify of the origins of a fundamental human adaptation: the costly yet advantageous shift from a “live fast and die young” strategy to the “live slow and grow old” tactic that has helped to make us one of the most successful mammals on the planet.