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LR welcomes decorated scientist as Steelman Visiting Scientist
LR welcomes decorated scientist as Steelman Visiting Scientist

In 1981, Lenoir-Rhyne University started the Steelman Science Lecture Series thanks in part due to donations from alumnus Sanford Steelman, Ph.D., and Merck Laboratories, and it has welcomed approximately 50 renowned scientists in that time.

This year, LR is happy to welcome mechanical engineer David Hu, Ph.D., to take part as the featured speaker.

His areas of research have included how dogs shake themselves dry, how insects walk on water and how eyelashes protect the eyes from drying. His presentation is titled, The Amazing Elephant Trunk, is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17. Hu will discuss experiments with African elephants at the Atlanta Zoo and dissections of elephant trunks at the Smithsonian Institution. Additionally, Hu will discuss his Ig Nobel prize-winning work on cube-shaped poo of wombats.

Registration for the event, which takes place on zoom, is free.

A Rockville, Maryland native, Hu earned degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from M.I.T. Currently a professor of mechanical engineering and biology at Georgia Tech, he is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for Young Scientists, the tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel Prize in Physics and the Pineapple Science Prize.

Hu's work has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Saturday Night Live and Highlights for Children. He is the author of, "How to Walk on Water and Climb Up Walls" published by Princeton University Press.

The purpose of the Steelman Science Lecture Series is to engage the campus community, especially natural science students, with a variety of interesting and engaging researchers as they envision where their education can take them. The program was also established to give LR students first-hand experience with outstanding researchers and thinkers in the various scientific disciplines.