The E.O. Grundset Lecture Series, sponsored by Southern’s Biology Department, is underway for 2012-2013. The next meeting takes place Monday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hulsey Wellness Center.
The lecture series is named after Edgar O. Grundset, a popular Southern Adventist University biology professor who taught at the school for 35 years. The series was created in his honor in the late 1990s.
“He was so personable and also a little quirky,” said Rick Norskov, M.D., professor in the Biology Department. “. He’s the reason I am here and why I love biology.”
This semester’s lecture series includes two natural history lectures, and one research seminar in November. The October 8 lecture, “When Human Nature Meets Mother Nature,” focuses on the use of tree rings to date historic structures. This topic is closely related to the subjects discussed in the Issues in Natural Science and Religion class taught by Associate Professor Lucinda Hill, Norskov said.
Henri D. Grissino-Mayor, Ph.D., professor at the University of Tennessee, is the speaker. His lecture will include nearly 50 examples of historic structures he and his students have dated, including Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace cabin, the Anderson-Doosing Farm in Virginia, and a Spanish mission church in St. Augustine, Florida.
“The purpose of the series is to show biology majors the wide range of careers involved in this field and to get them interested in research,” Norskov said.
The E.O. Grundset Lecture Series is free and open to the public. For a complete list of dates and times, visit southern.edu/biology.