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Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series


Mark your calendar and plan to arrive early for these popular FREE lectures—now in their 15th year!—sponsored by the SMC Associates, and the SMC Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Sciences departments. For details, call (310) 434-4761.

                                                      Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.


Epigenetics: How Healthy Choices

Can Influence Your Genes

Dr. Pamela Peeke

Dr. Pamela Peeke is a nationally renowned physician, scientist, and thought leader in the fields of integrative and preventive medicine, a Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, and a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine. She is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland, where her focus is on epigenetics, the study of the environmental and lifestyle factors that influence whether a gene is fully or partially expressing itself, or whether it is completely silenced. Sponsored by the SMC Nutrition Program and SMC Life Sciences Department.

Tue, April 18 | 11:15am | Free | Science 140


Reefs at Risk: How Humans Shape Coral Reefs

Dr. Keisha Bahr

Dr. Keisha Bahr—who recently completed her PhD in zoology at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa—now works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Coral Reef Ecology Lab of the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, where her focus is on the impact of climate change on coral reefs. Sponsored by the SMC Associates ( and SMC Life Sciences Department.

Tue, May 2 | 11:15am | Free | Science 140

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The Present is Not Always the Key to the Past

Dr. Poppe DeBoer

Widely published emeritus professor in sedimentology at Utrecht University, a former IAS Treasurer (1986-1994), and a former IAS President (2010-2014), Poppe de Boer is currently focused on research concerning catastrophic events, today's developing greenhouse, tidal facies, and sedimentary systems in arid environments. Sponsored by the SMC Associates ( and SMC Earth Science Department.

Thu, May 18 | 11:15am | Free | Science 140