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WVU's Benedum Distinguished Scholars to present public lectures

The four 2016-17 Claude Worthington Benedum Distinguished Scholars at West Virginia University will present highlights of their award-wining research in individual lectures this fall, beginning this week. All members of the campus and local community are invited to attend these lectures and the receptions following. 

The faculty members named Benedum Distinguished Scholars for 2016-17 were announced last spring. They are:

·       Aldo Romero, Department of Physics and Astronomy

·       Brad Humphreys, Economics

·       Paul Lockman, Centers for Neurosciences

·       Katherine Aaslestad, History

Benedum Scholars

The Benedum awards can be given in four categories, all of which are represented for the 2016-17 cycle: behavioral and social sciences, biosciences and health sciences, humanities and the arts, and physical sciences and technology.

Award winners each receive $5,000 in professional development funds, along with an opportunity to share their research with the campus community in a lecture. This award is made possible by the Office of the Provost and an endowment from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. This fall, the lecture schedule will be as follows:  

Aldo Romero will speak on “From Life, Chemistry to Materials, All Use the Same Glue: Quantum Mechanics” Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. in the Milano Room of the WVU Downtown Library.

Brad Humphreys will speak on “Some Inconvenient Facts About the Economics of Sports in America” Thursday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. in Salon C of the WVU Erickson Alumni Center.

Paul Lockman will speak on “Disruptive Innovation in Science” Thursday, Nov. 2 in the Fukushima Auditorium at the Health Sciences Center.

Katherine Aaslestad will speak on “Fighting Napoleon: The First Modern War and Its Aftermath in Central Europe” Tuesday, Nov. 7 in the Milano Room of the WVU Downtown Library.

For more information about the lecture series or the Benedum Distinguished Scholars Awards program, contact the office of C.B. Wilson, the associate provost for academic personnel, at 304.293.2021 or