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Transylvania launches Alltech Lecture Series with inaugural event Tuesday, February 6; free and open to the public

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania President Charles L. Shearer announced today that the University has teamed up with Alltech to offer a public lecture series that deals with how science affects our health, life and future.

“We are delighted to partner with Alltech to present Science Made Simple, a four-part lecture series,” said Shearer. “Transylvania is fortunate to have the opportunity to host four distinguished scientists on campus to speak to our students, faculty and staff as well as the community at large. We are indeed grateful to Alltech for their support of this program.”

Alltech President Pearse Lyons will give the inaugural lecture on Tuesday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Transylvania’s Haggin Auditorium. Lyons will speak on the competition for food, feed and fuel and whether we’ll be able to feed ourselves and our animals in 10 years. He will discuss the importance of ethanol as an alternative energy and fuel source.

On March 6, Karl Dawson, director of worldwide research at Alltech, will speak on “The science in your glass of beer, wine or whiskey.” On April 25, Inge Russell of Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland), will discuss “The fountain of youth: Does it really exist?” The series will conclude May 8 with Ronan Power, director of research at Alltech, discussing “Feeding our genes for better health.”

The lecture series aims to help the general public—including students, families and professionals—understand how science influences our everyday lives. Each speaker will present his or her topic in an easy-to-understand format so that excitement and interest merge with education. A question and answer session and reception will follow each lecture, providing an opportunity for the audience to interact with the various speakers.


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