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Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes Steelman Visiting Scientist

Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes Steelman Visiting Scientist
Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes Steelman Visiting Scientist

Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes Bruce Schulte, Ph.D., professor of biology at Western Kentucky University-Bowling Green, as a Steelman Visiting Scientist next week.

Schulte's presentation titled "Elephant Chemical Signaling" on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. in the Minges Science Building Room 222 will have an educational emphasis for science students. The second presentation on Friday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. in Belk Centrum is a more general talk on "Elephant Behavior and Conservation." Both seminars are open to the public.

Schulte has been researching African elephants from South Africa and Tanzania for nearly a decade. His research interest in the areas of animal behavior, chemical ecology, and conservation has resulted in the publication of over 60 peer-reviewed papers. His research has recently taken more of a conservation approach as he works to reduce human-wildlife conflict through a better understanding of elephant behavior, particularly how the animals communicate with each other. Currently, Schulte is an adviser to the International Elephant Foundation and travels internationally to present his research on elephant behavior.

Since the Steelman Science Lecture Series began in 1981, Schulte joins a long list of scientific researchers who have visited LRU. The series was started with donations from LRU alumnus Sanford Steelman, Ph.D., and Merck Laboratories. Over nearly four decades, LRU has hosted approximately 50 renowned research scientists. The purpose of the 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 stablished to give LRU students first-hand experience with outstanding researchers and thinkers in the various scientific disciplines.