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March 2005

Release date: March 08, 2005

Moon Lecturer to Bring Down-to-Earth Science to ASU Students, San Angelo

Dr. Rita Colwell will bring an extensive resume of nationally respected experience and a reputation for making science meaningful to the general public to this year's Roy E. Moon Distinguished Lecture in Science on April 5 at Angelo State University.

Colwell will present "The Oceans of Human Health" for students at 2 p.m. and "Climate and Global Infectious Diseases: Cholera as a Paradigm for Pathogens Lurking in the Environment" at 8 p.m. on April 5. Both lectures, which will be free to the public, will be in the C.J. Davison Conference Room in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

"She's different from a lot of Moon lecturers we've had," said Dr. David Loyd, dean of the College of Science at ASU. Loyd said while Colwell has done significant laboratory research, having been published in 700 scientific publications, a large portion of her work in science has involved advocating for more science education and science literacy in the public. "One of her big interests is young women in science,"

Loyd said. "The problem is we don't get as many women going into science as we like." Colwell was president of the National Science Foundation, a federal agency that promotes science, for six years. She left the foundation in 2004 and now divides her time between several responsibilities. She is chairwoman of Canon U.S. Life Sciences Inc., a division of Canon that focuses on using imaging technology in life sciences.

Colwell is also a distinguished professor at the University of Maryland and faculty member with the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Colwell earned a bachelor's degree in bacteriology and master's degree in genetics from Purdue University.

She received her doctorate in marine microbiology from the University of Washington. The Moon Lecture is named after Dr. Roy Moon, a longtime San Angelo obstetrician and gynecologist, who died in 1976. The lectureship was established the same year and is underwritten by West Texas Medical Associates.