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Shepherd University professor to present discussion March 9

ISSUED: 3 March 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd University professor to present discussion March 9)

Shepherdstown, WV--Dr. Jeff Groff, assistant professor of physics at Shepherd University, will present "Deconstructing Rainbows: Aesthetics and Scientific Mindset" on Wednesday, March 9 at Shepherd's Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at 7 p.m. The presentation will be followed by an audience discussion. The presentation and discussion are free and open to the public.

Dr. Groff will explore such questions as, Why do most people find natural phenomena like rainbows and sunrises beautiful? Does knowing how rainbows are created make them less beautiful? Do the reductionist tendencies of scientific inquiry make the world look sterile through the lens of science?

"Along the way observations will be made on fascinating aspects of the audience's aesthetic sense," said Dr. Groff.

The lecture is sponsored by the Shepherd University Common Reading and One Book, One Community programs. This year's book is "Survival of the Prettiest."

For more information about the event, contact Judi McIntyre at 304-876-5396 or


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