Rita Colwell


Sara Gruen

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October lectures bring future; fiction to OHIO

Author and scientist bring perspectives as part of lectures series.

October will be a busy, fascinating month at Ohio University.

The Frontiers in Science and Kennedy Lecture Series both have featured lecturers coming to Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

The Frontiers in Science Lecture Series will feature environmental microbiologist Rita Colwell, at 7:30 p.m. Monday,Oct. 10.

The Kennedy Lecture Series will bring bestselling author Sara Gruen to the Athens campus at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.

Colwell is an environmental microbiologist with advanced degrees in science and technology. A former director of the National Science Foundation, she received the President’s National Medal of Science under former President George W. Bush in 2006 for her understanding in marine microbes. She is currently the chairman of U.S. Life Services.

Because of her work with zooplankton and the seasonality of infectious diseases, specifically cholera, Colwell received the Stockholm Water Prize in 2010. 

The Frontiers in Science Lecture Series is made possible by a generous gift from OHIO alumni Jeanette Grasselli Brown and Glenn Brown.

Gruen is the author of The New York Times bestseller "Water for Elephants." The novel is about a man remembering his days working as a circus vet during the Great Depression.

"Water for Elephants" sat on the bestseller list for 12 weeks. It was a 2006 Quill Award nominee for general fiction and won BookBrowse’s 2007 Diamond Award.  A film adaptation was release this year, starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.

Her other novels include "Ape House," "Riding Lessons" and "Flying Changes."

Both lectures are free and open to the public.