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Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science

The Austin Lecture

The Austin Lecture is funded by the Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Memorial Endowment, which was established by the family and friends of the Austins in 1987. Bob Austin graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in metallurgical engineering in 1934. He was a long-time supporter of the university and a founder of the College of Mines and Earth Resources Constituent Alumni Association (C2A2). All three of the Austins’ children earned degrees from the University of Idaho, and two grandchildren are alumni as well.

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Past Lectures

  • DNA Repair Doctors WITH (Chromatin) Borders: Protecting Cells From Chaos and Cancer 
  • Richard A. Feely, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
  • Peter Donnelly, Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics
  • Jill Seaman, Infectious Disease Physician, MacArthur Fellows
  • John L. Phillips, retired, NASA Astronaut
  • Carolyn Porco, Adjunct Professor, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado in Boulder
  • Susan L. Brantley Professor, Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University

Margaret Werner-Washburne, Ph.D.

Oh the Humanity: Challenges to Solving Chronic, Hard Problems in a Rapidly Changing World

The University of Idaho College of Science proudly presents the thirteenth annual Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 3:30 p.m.
College of Law Courtroom
711 Rayburn Street
Moscow, Idaho

Brief reception to follow in the Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) Atrium.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

All are welcome to attend.

“Is that a Chemist in the Brewhouse?”

Following a brief presentation of the history of beer and fermented beverages, the lecture will focus on a consideration of the impacts of science and chemistry on the brewing industry, as well as how problems in the brewhouse have led to discovery and scientific development. The latter part of the lecture will detail the ongoing need for well-trained scientists in the brewing and fermentation industries.

Presented by Matthew E. McCarroll, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director of the Fermentation Science Institute
Southern Illinois University


College of Science

Physical Address:
Mines 321

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3025
Moscow, ID 83844-3025

Phone: 208-885-6195

Fax: 208-885-6904


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