BU's ICS spring lecture series announced

For immediate release: February 23, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — The Institute for Culture and Society at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will present a spring lecture series beginning Thursday, Feb. 26. All three lectures will be offered on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Andruss Library, Schweiker Room. The series is free and open to the public. The lectures include:

- Eric M. Stouffer, from the psychology department, will present a talk, "'Now, Where Did I Put My Keys?': Latent Learning in the Brain," Thursday, Feb. 26. Stouffer will discuss the ability of recalling information from the brain, called "latent learning," and the concept of memory. He also will talk about his research in which rats were used to examine brain regions to provide an insight into memory disorders.

- Yanhui Pang and Williams Obiozor, from the exceptionalities department, will offer a lecture, "Special Education Programs in Nigeria and China: The Journey So Far," Thursday, March 26. Pang and Obiozor will talk about the growing populations in China and Nigeria and will provide an overview of their historical backgrounds and views on special education, disability programs, program service delivery and global implications to special education.

- John M. Hranitz, from biological and allied health sciences, will discuss "From Biological Invasions to Molecules and Man," Thursday, April 23. Hranitz will lecture on the reasons some species are invasive and others are not. He will entertain the idea of biological invasions and its impact on humans, the molecular field study of the leaf-cutting bee, high temperature tolerance and genetic mixing and how they contribute to a successful biological invasion.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.