The 2000 Benedum Lecture Series will examine scientific topics as minuscule as DNA and as expansive as the universe.

Science, Life and the New Millennium is the theme for this years lecture series, which will be held in October and November. Six experts from across the country will visit campus to speak on specific scientific topics.

“This group of six lectures offers to the University community an exciting, timely and unique collection of speakers who are experts on current issues that affect us all,”Provost Gerald Lang said.

All lectures will begin at 8 p.m. in Room G24 of Eiesland Hall. A reception will follow each.

A list of the lecture dates, speakers and their topics follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4 Lawrence M. Krauss, chairman of the Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Life, The Universe and Nothing: Einsteins Biggest Blunder
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11 Frank Drake, president and chairman of the Board of Trustees, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Mountain View, Calif., The Future of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18 Phyllis M. Wise, chair of physiology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Womens Health in the New Millennium: Challenges to Understand the Novel Actions of Estrogen
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25 Steven L. McKnight, Distinguished Chair in Biochemistry and Distinguished Chair in Basic Biomedical Research, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, DNA Transcription, RNA Splicing and Human Consciousness
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1 Eddie Reed, chief of the Medical Ovarian Cancer Section, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md., and incoming director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Cancer Chemotherapy When It Works, Why Do Normal Cells Survive?
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8 Firouz M. Naderi, Mars program manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, The Search for Our Cosmic Roots and Galactic Cousins

For biographies on each of the speakers, visit the lecture series web site at

In conjunction with this years lectures, WVU is sponsoring a student essay contest with cash prizes totaling $3,000. Essays should 1,500-2,500 words, and the topic must be related to this years theme or one of the individual lecture topics. The deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 29, three weeks after the final lecture. Three copies should be sent to Benedum Essay Competition, 210 Stewart Hall, WVU , P.O. Box 6203, Morgantown, WV 26506 -6203. For more information, contact C.B. Wilson, associate provost for academic personnel, at 304-293-2021.

In its 19th year, the Claude W. Benedum Lecture Series is sponsored by the Claude Worthington Benedum Endowment and the Office of Academic Affairs and Research and coordinated by the Distinguished and Chaired Professors of WVU .