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Babbidge Library to offer lunchtime talks by faculty

- September 8, 2008


Interested in learning more about tapeworms in sharks? Maybe the prospect of traveling back in time appeals to you? Or, if you prefer to stay rooted on Earth, how about some tips on battling “boomer-itis?”

Homer Babbidge Library will sponsor a new monthly lunchtime series featuring faculty discussing these and other topics in a program titled “Research Highlights @ Noon.”

Janine Caira, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will kick off the series on Thursday, Sept. 18 with the talk, “The Denizens of the Deep Reveal Their Secrets: a Global Look at Shark and Stingray Tapeworms.”

Caira recently won a $3 million National Science Foundation Planetary Biodiversity Inventory grant to oversee a worldwide network of specialists to study the biodiversity of tapeworms, her research specialty.

Although present in the bowels of all classes of vertebrates, not much is known about tapeworms, she says.

On Thursday, Oct. 16, Ronald Mallett, professor of physics, will talk about “Time Travel: The Possibilities and Promise.

”In his latest book, Time Traveler – a Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality, Mallett tells how a childhood trauma – the death of his father when he was 10 years old – inspired his quest to build a time machine so he could return to an earlier time and save his father’s life. Director Spike Lee has recently acquired the film rights to the book, and will co-write the script and direct the film.

The UConn Co-op will have signed copies of Mallett’s book available for purchase at the event.

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, William Kraemer, professor of kinesiology, will speak on “The Physiology of Aging: Fighting the Aging Process with Strength Training.”

An internationally renowned expert in exercise physiology, sports medicine, and strength and conditioning, Kraemer holds joint appointments as a professor in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology and as a professor of medicine in the School of Medicine.

Recipient of the University’s highest research award, the Provost’s Research Excellence Award, he has also been honored by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the leading authority on strength and conditioning worldwide, which attached his name to its most prestigious research award.

All the talks, which are sponsored by the Academic Liaison Librarians, will take place at noon in the Class of ’47 Lecture Room, across from the library’s south entrance, and adjacent to Bookworms Café on the library’s plaza level.

A question and answer session will follow the talks. Those who plan to attend are invited to bring a lunch.

For further information, please contact Frances Libbey, sciences bibliographer, at 860-486-2521 or Frances.Libbey@uconn.edu.

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