Ronneberg Lecture

Here are just a few notable speakers from past years:
  • Robert Ballard, oceanographer & discoverer of the wreck of the Titanic
  • Spencer Wells, geneticist, anthropologist, and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society
  • Steven Johnson, popular science author

About the Series

Steven Johnson

Dr. Conrad E. Ronneberg was a Professor of Chemistry at Denison University. He endowed the Ronneberg Lectureship in 1981 as a means to bring to campus outstanding scientists to lecture on a diverse range of topics. Dr. Ronneberg hoped these scientists would have real stature in the intellectual world and that they would increase the students’ appreciation for science.

Historically, the Dr. Conrad E. Ronneberg Lecture Series has funded a mixture of well-known speakers for a larger audience and more specialized speakers for a smaller audience, often linked to specific science courses.

Procedures for Requesting Ronneberg Funds

Submit a proposal, that includes the following, via e-mail to the coordinator for the Ronneberg Lectureships.

  1. Speaker’s name & institutional affiliation & anticipated date(s) of the visit.
  2. List of any classes or student groups he/she will likely visit.
  3. If you plan to have the speaker give a “public” presentation, then list the potential topic and audience for this lecture (the audience can be students). A “public” event could be a brown bag lunch, an early evening talk, or some other format.
  4. Name of faculty/department(s)/program(s) hosting the lecturer.
  5. Include a budget with estimated costs for the portions of the visit that Ronneberg is asked to fund. This might include travel, lodging, and food for the speaker, meal or reception with students or faculty, and an honorarium. Ronneberg can partner with departments or programs to fund speakers.

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Series Archives

2018 - 2019

Naomi Oreskes poses outdoors

The Ronneberg Lecture Series welcomes Naomi Oreskes, professor of the history of science at Harvard University.

2017 - 2018

The Ronneberg Lecture Series welcomes Louise Prockter, director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, presenting "The Exploration of Europa."

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Kent State University professor Christie Bahlai presents a talk titled "Soft(ware) Skills: How Reproducible Research Fosters Inclusivity in Science."

2016 - 2017

Photo of a geologist John Dolson

Geologist John Dolson talks discusses the importance of volunteering in developing leadership skills.

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The Ronneberg Lecture Series welcomes GG Games co-founder Spencer Brooks presenting a talk about hyper-optimizations in the game industry.

Global Medicine

The Ronneberg Lecture Series welcomes Kelly McBride Folkers '12 presenting "Access to Unapproved Medical Interventions in the Zika Epidemic."

Photo of Jessica Budke

The Ronneberg Fund welcomes University of Tennessee-Knoxville professor Jessica Budke presenting "Moss Morphology: More Than Meets the Eye."

The Ronneberg Lecture Series welcomes Dr. Laura L. Kiessling, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2015 - 2016

Henry Segerman presents talk titled "How to make sculptures of four-dimensional things."

2014 - 2015

Photo of Dr. Catherine Butz

The Department of Psychology welcomes Dr. Catherine Butz presenting "Pediatric Psychology: Research & Practice."

2013 - 2014

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The Ronneberg Lecture welcomes Kristy Crooks presenting "Cool Careers and Even Cooler Science in Clinical Genetics."

The Ronneberg Lecture Series welcomes Brent Iverson, undergraduate dean at the University of Texas, Austin and professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

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