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The Special Lecture Series for Undergraduate Students


The Office of Undergraduate Studies invites undergraduate students and faculty to the Spring 2013 Special Lecture Series. The speakers will engage you in topics where your voice will have an impact.

Marquee Courses in Science and Technology IconEngineering Modern Medical Devices – The Road from Novel Idea to Commercial Product
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 4:00 – 5:00pm, Biosciences Research Building, Room1103
Sign-up for dinner and discussion with the speaker following the lecture
Wesley G. Lawson, Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hosted by the Marquee Courses in Science and Technology

Medical devices save lives, promote health, relieve pain and define a billion dollar industry in the US. Dr. Lawson will introduce the science and technology behind the development of devices such as those used in treatment for migraines and breast cancer surgery. He will challenge the audience to play the role of venture capitalists in consideration of the ethical, economic, social, and legal issues that impact successful product development.



LGBT Studies Program

Yearning Toward Carrie Buck
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 5:15pm, Tawes Bldg. Ulrich Recital Hall
Eli Claire, Writer, Speaker, Activist, and Teacher
Hosted by LGBT Studies Program's Debilitating Queerness: The Eleventh Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

The infamous Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, which declared involuntary sterilization laws constitutional in 1927, was built upon the body of Carrie Buck, a poor white woman from Virginia. Eli Claire explores how disability, class, gender, sexuality, and whiteness often collide and asks questions about the relationship between bodies on one hand and law, history, and metaphor on the other.


University HonorsPearls from the Path
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 5pm, Van Munching Hall Room 1524
Stephanie Robinson, UMD Honors Alumna, Lecturer at Harvard Law School, and President and CEO of The Jamestown Project
Hosted by Honors College

Democracy is the belief that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. University of Maryland alumna Stephanie Robinson will share her role in making democracy real by drawing from her personal journey, her interests in social policy, women, race, family, and electoral politics, her experiences as a political commentator, lecturer, author and lawyer, and as the President and CEO of The Jamestown Project for democracy.


College Park Scholars

Life as a Twisted Biologist: The Good, The Bad, and The Brainy

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 4:30pm, Chemistry Bldg. Room 1407
Carin Bondar, Biologist, Writer, Film-Maker
Hosted by College Park Scholars Life Sciences

Just how does one become a twisted biologist? Dr. Carin Bondar is a population ecologist, author of “The Nature of human Nature”, and host of the web series "Wild Sex" (on the unique world of the evolution of sexual behavior). In addition she has hosted and produced shows for Discovery International and Scientific American. Dr. Bondar will take the audience through her progression as a student, business owner, mother and professional using relevant examples from the animal kingdom. Just how does one become a twisted biologist? Perhaps it’s not so much about the end game but more the realities that get you there.




University of MarylandOffice of Undergraduate Studies  •  2110 Marie Mount Hall, College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301.405.9363  •  Fax: 301.314.9896