Monday, March 15, 2004

Shark Hunting In Montana And Early Vertebrate Evolution, Lecture March 25

Chestertown, MD, March 15, 2004 — The Washington College Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, as part of its Women in Science Lecture Series, presents “Snorkeling a Paleozoic Bay: Shark Fishing in Montana,” a lecture by Eileen Grogan, a Washington College 1984 alumna now associate professor of biology at Saint Joseph's University, Thursday, March 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public.
After completing her bachelor of science in biology at Washington College in 1984, Dr. Grogan received her M.S. in biology from Adelphi University in 1988 and her Ph.D. in marine science from the College of William and Mary in 1993. She has taught at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia since 1994.
Her research interest, and the focus of her talk, is the origin and evolution of early chondrichthyes (cartilage fish, such as sharks) and their connection to early vertebrate evolution.
The talk is sponsored by the Washington College Sigma Xi chapter, which was officially installed in April 2001. Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is an international, non-profit membership society of more than 80,000 scientists and engineers elected to the Society because of their research achievements or potential. In addition to publishing the journal American Scientist, Sigma Xi awards annual grants to promising young researchers, holds forums on critical issues at the intersection of science and society, and sponsors a variety of programs supporting science and engineering, science education, science policy, and the public understanding of science. The College's affiliation allows faculty and students to advance scientific education and research through grants; to fund faculty and student projects, travel awards and conferences; and to sponsor visiting scientists and collaborative research with other institutions.
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