Westminster Presents Final Sesquicentennial Biology Seminar

Monday, November 25, 2002

Dr. Ann Throckmorton, associate professor and chair of biology, will present the final Sesquicentennial Biology Seminar Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Phillips Lecture Hall located in the Hoyt Science Resources Center.

"We started the Biology Sesquicentennial Seminar Series last February with the goal of tracing the development of the field of biology through the last 150 years, concurrent with the growth of Westminster College," said Throckmorton. "This final seminar will examine biology at the beginning of the 21st century, and take a look forward toward the next 150 years.

"In particular, it will concentrate on some of biology's most vibrant fields: genetics, development, neuroscience and evolution. All of these fields have experienced tremendous advances in the past decades," Throckmorton continued. "But despite the fact that astonishing progress has been made, many questions remain unanswered. In addition, rapid accumulation of knowledge in those fields has generated difficult ethical dilemmas that will have to be addressed as biology continues to develop and mature."

Throckmorton, who has been with Westminster College since 1990, earned her undergraduate degree from Hastings College, her masters from Fort Hays State University, and her Ph.D. from Florida State University.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Throckmorton at (724) 946-7209 or e-mail athrock@westminster.edu.

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Nearly 1,600 students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty, while choosing from 40 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa. campus.