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2010.03.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

March 26 Arts and Sciences Centennial Lecture to Focus on Physics

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Friday, March 26, with a lecture by Steve Whitten, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University in San Marcos.  His talk - "Undergraduate Physics Meets Molecular Biology: A Natural Fit" - will begin at 3 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall East.

The event is free and open to the public.  In his talk, which is directed at undergraduates, Whitten will discuss ways a physicist can contribute to the understanding of biological phenomena at a fundamental and molecular level.

Whitten received his bachelor of science degree in physics from UNO in 1994 and a doctorate from the Thomas C. Jenkins Department of Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University in 1999.  He was appointed a research assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB) in 2006 after completing postdoctoral fellowships at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Tallahassee, Fla.), Florida State University and UTMB.  He was named to his current post in 2009.

The yearlong speaker series is part of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences' centennial celebration, which highlights the college's many departments and alumni.  Established in 1909, Arts and Sciences is the university's first college and largest academic unit.

For more information, call (402) 554-3728.  For additional details on upcoming speakers, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/cas/speakers.php.

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