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LRU’s Visiting Scientist Lecture Series to Welcome Dr. Rob Dun

Mon Jan 27 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Steelman Visiting Scientist Lecture Series will feature two presentations by Rob Dunn, PhD, abiologist and writer in the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University.

On Monday, February 3, Dunn will speak twice on the campus of LRU. First, at 10 a.m. in Belk Centrum, Dunn will present “Wild Life: How the species that live on your body and in your home may be affecting your health, well-being and even personality. These will be non-technical talks and should be accessible to anyone wanting to learn more. At 2 p.m. in Minges Science Building, Room 222, Dunn will present a more technical presentationtitled, “Six discoveries about common species around us every day that an eight-year-old could have made, and in one case did.”

The science Dunn pursues attempts to use many different approaches to understand the stories of the species all around us and how they have changed or might change in the future. Often those species are ants and their societies, other times mosquitoes and the diseases they vector, or rare carnivores and the parasites they host.

Dunn’s writing focuses on the stories of the scientists behind the science, who they are, what they do and how and why they did it.Dunn’s writing has appeared in Natural HistoryBBC Wildlife MagazineScientific AmericanSmithsonian MagazineNational Geographic and other magazines. His first book, Every Living Thing was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History writing. His most recent book, The Wild Life of Our Bodies, examines the long human relationships with other species (be they tapeworms or tigers) and how changes in those relationships are affecting our health and well being. Both talks are open to the public.

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