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March 2005

Release date: March 29, 2005

Colwell to Bring Knowledge, Advocacy to Moon Lecture

Angelo State University will welcome former National Science Foundation president Dr. Rita Colwell for the Roy E. Moon Distinguished Lectureship in Science on Tuesday, April 5.

Colwell will present The Oceans of Human Healthfor students at 2 p.m. and Climate and Global Infectious Diseases: Cholera as a Paradigm for Pathogens Lurking in the Environmentat 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 has done significant laboratory research, having been published in 700 scientific publications, but a large portion of her work in science has involved advocating for more science education and science literacy in the public, said Dr. David Loyd, dean of the College of Sciences.

Colwells long research resume and advocacy work have given her a reputation for making science meaningful to the general public.

She 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.

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.