Kennedy / Frontiers in Science Lecture Committee

Charge and Membership

The purpose of the Kennedy/Frontiers in Science Lecture Committee is to bring nationally recognized visitors to the University to lecture and to participate in other campus activities that serve to enrich the lives of members of the university and Athens communities. Visitors shall appeal to a broad cross-section of the university community, bringing new and stimulating thought on major public issues of the day, cultural affairs, important scientific issues, or scholarly fields of general interest.

This Committee reports to the Provost.

Committee Roster


Sara Berens
Assistant Professor

Cristina Popescu
Assistant Professor

Faiz Rahman
Associate Professor

Judith Rhue
Heritage College

David Russell
Fine Arts


Lisa S. Dael
Assistant Director, Online and Outreach Programs

Katherine Hartman
Vice Provost of Faculty Development

Matthew Shaftel
Dean, College of Fine Arts

Beth Tragert
Director of Finance

Community Member

Wendy McVicker

Undergraduate Students

Re'Aija Grice

Madison Harman

Graduate Student

Remington Burwell

All University committees follow the academic-year calendar.

All students serve one-year terms. Faculty, administrators, and staff generally serve three-year terms. Ex-Officio appointments have voting privileges unless otherwise noted.