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Third year of President's Lecture Series begins Oct. 14

The lecture series started by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2001 to bring together faculty members from different disciplines will continue this year with three more lectures.

The President's Lecture Series grew out of meetings Tilghman had with faculty shortly after she was named president. She asked for suggestions for new programs, and faculty responded with the idea for a forum where they could come together and learn about the work other faculty members are doing in a variety of fields.

These lectures are planned for the 2003-04 academic year:

  • On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Bess Ward , professor of geosciences, will speak on "Strange Biogeochemistry of Permanently Ice-Covered Lakes in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica." She will discuss her research on lakes in Antarctica, which offer unique opportunities to investigate the role of trace metals in controlling bacterial processes in the nitrogen cycle. "The waters in the various lakes have strange and interesting chemical compositions, and because of the extreme environment, provide somewhat simpler systems in which to investigate processes which occur in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments all over the world," she said.
  • On Wednesday, Dec. 10, Anthony Appiah , the Laurance Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, will present a lecture concerning the ethics of identity.
  • On Wednesday, March 3, Marta Tienda , the Maurice During Professor in Demographic Studies and professor of sociology and public affairs, will discuss her current research on demography, inequality and access to higher education.

All lectures will begin at 4:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The locations of the Dec. 10 and March 3 lectures will be announced. All lectures will be available for viewing in the WebMedia archives.

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