"Last Lecture" to Highlight Sixth Annual Faculty Forum

October 22, 2009

OGDEN, Utah – Microbiology professor Craig Oberg will deliver his "last lecture" on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. in Shepherd Union Ballroom C.

Oberg will present "A Pocket Full of Rocks or How Microbes Rule the World." The lecture will discuss how microorganisms control human behavior, human history and Earth's biology.

The Last Lecture Series showcases and honors the work of outstanding WSU professors. Each year WSU's Teaching & Learning Forum accepts nominations for professors that inspire, entertain or challenge their students. One professor is chosen and honored with the distinction of giving the lecture of a lifetime — the lecture he would give if he could never lecture again.

Oberg's lecture will kick off the sixth annual Faculty Forum at WSU, an event that offers faculty the opportunity to share their research and scholarship with students, colleagues and the public. This year's forum features 16 oral presentations and 11 poster presentations on a wide variety of topics by faculty members representing disciplines from across campus. 

"It's a great snapshot of what people at Weber State are working on in a diverse set of fields," said physics professor Adam Johnston, chair of the Teaching, Learning & Assessment (TLA) Committee. The forum is organized by the TLA and Faculty Senate Research, Scholarship & Professional Growth committees to recognize faculty scholarship on campus.

Johnston thinks people who come will enjoy their experience. "I think the work displayed is exciting," he said. "This is meant to be a way to really understand what other people get to do, and how they do it."

The lecture and forum are free to the public. The forum, featuring oral and poster presentations, will run from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building. Oral presentations will be held simultaneously every half hour starting at 2:30 p.m. in rooms 305, 312, 316 and 321 of the Shepherd Union Building. 

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Contact:
Adam Johnston, chair, Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee
801-626-7711 • ajohnston@weber.edu 

Craig Oberg, professor and chair, Department of Microbiology
801-626-6192 • coberg@weber.edu 
Author:
Travis Clemens, assistant director of Media Relations
801-626-7948 • travisclemens@weber.edu

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