Anderson Lecture

Featuring top scientists in their fields
Cognitive psychologist Elizabeth F. Loftus meets with a class prior to her Anderson Lecture
Cognitive psychologist Elizabeth F. Loftus meets with a class prior to her Anderson Lecture

The Reid & Polly Anderson Lecture Series is an annual convocation featuring a top scientist in their field. The Andersons hoped that the speaker could reach a general audience, but the Anderson Lecture is regarded as the college’s major science lecture of the year and is meant for a broad science audience. The Anderson Lectureship rotates among departments within the Science Division.

Typically the Anderson Lecturer is on campus for 1-2 days, attends a pre-lecture dinner in his/her honor, gives the Anderson Lecture, and visits with a few classes or student groups as coordinated by the host department.

The 2013-2014 Anderson Lecture was hosted by the Biology Department and featured Dr. Tyrone B. Hayes from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Hayes spoke about the influence of chemicals in environment on amphibians and humans during his lecture “From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men”.

Here are just a few notable speakers from past years:

  • Elizabeth Loftus, expert on the psychology of memory and eyewitness testimony from the University of California, Irvine
  • Peter Schultz, chemist & biomedicine scientist at the Scripps Research Institute
  • Tyrone B. Hayes, endocrinologist, National Geographic Society Explorer, and activist for environmental health from U.C. Berkeley
  • Steven Strogatz, math scholar & New York Times online columnist
  • Andrew Knoll, Harvard naturalist & author of "Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth"
  • Steve Squyres, astronomer & recipient of the Carl Sagan Memorial Award

Future Lecture Schedule

  • 2014-2015 -- Department of Geosciences
  • 2015-2016 -- Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • 2016-2017 -- Department of Psychology
  • 2017-2018 -- Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • 2018-2019 -- Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
  • 2019-2020 -- Department of Biology

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