Hiram College will present two lectures by a Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar next week, on Oct. 26 and 27, 2015. Blaire Van Valkenburgh, Ph.D., a vertebrate paleobiologist and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present:
- “Other Worlds: The View from the Pleistocene” at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26
- “The Natural History of Sabertooth Cats” at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 27
Both lectures will occur in the Pritchard Room of Hiram College Library and are free and open to the public.
Dr. Van Valkenburgh’s research is focused on the evolution of form, function and ecology in both living and extinct organisms. She studies living species as a way to understand the extinct. She has performed much of her field work in Kenya on large predatory mammals. Dr. Van Valkenburgh was previously the president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
The lecture are presented by Hiram College’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the Center for Scientific Engagement. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary and is the national honorary society for excellence in the liberal arts. Hiram College is one of ten percent of colleges in the nation to hold a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The Center for Scientific Engagement is one of seven Hiram College Centers of Distinction, which fuel interdisciplinary study and enhance the student academic experience, creating new landscapes for learning in and out of the classroom.