Evolution and Creation: Conflicting or Compatible?
St. Lawrence University’s Department of Geology will host Patricia Kelley as the guest speaker for the Susan Caroline Ferguson Memorial Lecture in Geology.
Patricia Kelley will deliver a talk titled "Evolution and Creation: conflicting or compatible?" addressing whether evolution is in conflict with creation or whether there is a valid way to reconcile the two.
Patricia Kelley received her BA in Geology from the College of Wooster (in Ohio) 1975 and her PhD from Harvard University in 1979. She taught at New England College, University of Mississippi, and University of North Dakota, and was a program officer at the National Science Foundation, before joining the faculty of the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) in 1997. She is a former president of the Paleontological Society and former president of the Board of Trustees of the Paleontological Research Institution. Her research on evolutionary paleoecology of mollusks (not dinosaurs!) earned her the University of North Dakota Faculty Award for Outstanding Scientific Research and the UNCW Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. She received the Association for Women Geoscientists Outstanding Educator Award in 2003 and the AWG Professional Excellence Award in 2011. At UNCW she has received the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award, Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, and Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award. In 2014 she was named the United States Outstanding Master's Universities and Colleges Professor of the Year.
The Susan Caroline Ferguson Memorial Lecture in Geology is given yearly to commemorate the life of Susan Ferguson, a St. Lawrence sophomore who tragically lost her life in May 1982. Susan was an enthusiastic student of geology and of her natural surroundings. At St. Lawrence, she had made many friends, and faculty respected the vitality and curiosity that she brought to the classroom.
Susan’s parents and friends began a memorial fund in her honor in 1982. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson wished that the memory of Susan continue to enrich the entire community. To that end, the fund has been utilized to bring an exceptional geoscientist to St. Lawrence each academic year to present the Susan Caroline Ferguson Lecture in Geology.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, September 27, 5:30 pm in the Bloomer Auditorium, Brown Hall, Room 122. For more information, contact the Department of Geology at 315-229-5851.