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Distinguished Faculty Scholars give public lectures

March 9, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Three outstanding Western Michigan University faculty scholars will give on-campus presentations to share the research that brought them national and international prominence.

Dr. Arthur R. McGurn, professor of physics, will describe "The Wave Nature of Light: Applications to Scattering, Nano Photonics and Quantum Computing" in a talk set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 11.

Dr. William W. Cobern, professor of biological sciences and director of the Mallinson Institute for Science Education, will discuss "Religion, Science and Hysteria: The Peculiar Case of the Royal Society and Dr. Reiss" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.

Dr. Yuri S. Ledyaev, professor of mathematics, will deliver an address titled "Seeing is Believing? On Visualization in Mathematics" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

All three lectures will take place in the Fetzer Center's Putney Auditorium and they are free and open to the public.

The three speakers are all recipients of the WMU Distinguished Faculty Scholar award, which is the highest honor the University bestows on its faculty members. Established in 1978, the award recognizes those whose work is widely recognized beyond the University and constitutes a significant body of achievement, most of which has been accomplished while a faculty member at WMU. McGurn earned the distinction in fall 2007, and Cobern and Ledyaev were named winners in fall 2008. Each award includes the opportunity to address the campus on a topic of the scholar's choice.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-4678, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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