Events under 'Lecture/Guest Speaker'
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Albion College Horton Lecture Deals with Fallout from Nuclear Waste

“Facing the Legacy of the ‘Atomic Age’: Remediation of Radioactive Contamination in Complex Geologic Systems” brings up buried history and its consequences. Alumnus Paul Dixon presents this inaugural Robert E. Horton Lecture in Geology at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 3, in Albion College’s Norris Center Towsley Hall.

 

Dixon is senior program manager for environmental sciences at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and was team director in planning the (currently abandoned) project for long-term storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. Dixon is currently working at LANL to develop state-of-the-art modeling software to track the location of contaminants in soil, and will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award this year, Albion College’s highest honor for alumni.

 

Dixon visits Albion as the first ever Robert E. Horton lecturer for the geology department. The annual Horton lecture is the product of a generous anonymous donation and honors Robert E. Horton, Albion College class of 1897. Considered by many to be the father of modern hydrology, Horton’s research established modern understanding of the water cycle. The American Geophysical Union has named a medal in his honor.

 

This program is free and open to the public. Please contact The Geology department at 517/629-0276 for more information.

Friday, October 03, 2014 4:00 pm
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Neurodegenerative Disease Epidemic Discussed for Albion College PBK Lecture

"The Coming Epidemic of Neurodegenerative Diseases and What Science Is – and Should Be – Doing About It,” is the timely topic for Gregory Petsko, a national Phi Beta Kappa  2015 Scholar. Petsko visits Albion College for a public presentation Tuesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Norris Center Towsley Hall.

 

In a provocative TED talk clip, Petsko explains that the world’s population is increasing in average age, which in turn will lead to greater numbers of people suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s (ALS). He will discuss economic and social costs associated with this phenomenon, as well as current research, treatments and preventative actions. (View Petsko’s TED talk at https://www.ted.com/talks/gregory_petsko_on_the_coming_neurological_epidemic)

Petsko is the Mahon Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College. His research involves the development of methods to treat age-related neurodegenerative diseases. He is cofounder of the journal Protein Engineering and currently writes a monthly column on science and society. He served as president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

 

This presentation is free and open to the public, and will include the opportunity to ask questions of the speaker. For more information, contact Albion College’s Academic Affairs office at 517/629-0221.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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