The Library Learning Commons has an excellent line-up planned for the Graves Lecture Series in 2015. Steven Rolfsmeier, the Physical and Life Sciences Museum Director, will kick off the Series on Tuesday, February 17th.
The title of Mr. Rolfsmeier’s presentation is “Secrets of the Sandhills – Relict Floras.” Rolfsmeier will discuss the remnants of vegetation that flourished in the Nebraska Sandhills before this dune field stabilized approximately 5,000 years ago. Among these remnants is a recently discovered group of plant species typically found in the Gulf Coast and the southeastern United States, not in the Plains. The find sheds light on changes that occurred in the Plains environment thousands of years ago.
Other Spring 2015 Graves speakers include:
- Mr. Anthony Perlinski, Assistant Professor, Applied Sciences (March 3)
- Dr. Bill Roweton, Professor, Counseling, Psychology, and Social Work (March 24)
- Dr. Pat Beu, Senior Director, Student Affairs (March 31)
Anthony Perlinski will discuss ecosystem processes, how they vary significantly based on the scale of observation, and how the different scales relate to sustainable natural resource management. The title of his talk is “Exploring the Role of Scale in Natural Resource Management.”
Dr. Roweton will discuss a number of Nebraska-born psychologists. The title of his talk is “True or False: No Internationally Acknowledged Scientific Psychologist Came from Nebraska.” Roweton will focus on the work of five psychologists: Edwin Guthrie, J.P. Guilford, H. Hollingworth, L. Hollingworth, and J. McVicker Hunt. Photos of these individuals are featured in the LLC gallery, which is located in the building’s lower level. These same photos are also featured in the American Psychological Association Board Room in Washington, DC.
Dr. Pat Beu will wrap up the Spring 2015 Graves Lecture Series with a presentation about changes in higher education. He will discuss ways in which to better prepare students for higher education. The title of his talk is “Preparing Today’s Kids for Tomorrow’s College: Thoughts on Academic and Social Changes.” Audience members will be invited to participate in the discussion and share their thoughts on the future of higher education.
The presentations begin at 7:00 pm in Room 111 located on the lower level of the LLC. They are free and open to the public. If you have any questions, or if you are interested in being a featured speaker, please contact the LLC Outreach Librarian, Shawn Hartman at 308.432.6271 x6150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.