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Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, president of Shepherd University, has created this lecture series as part of the Lifelong Learning Program. The lectures are free to the public with advanced registration as seating is limited.

Spring 2022

Lectures will be held in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Auditorium 

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Insight into the 2021 Nobel Prizes

January 24  |  6:30 PM

The Nobel Prize

A panel of five Shepherd professors will discuss the importance of this year’s Nobel Laureates’ works and the nature of the prize in that discipline.

Dr. Conor Sipe, Physiology or Medicine: Discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch

Dr. Sipe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. Dr. Sipe received his Bachelor and Master of Science from the College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. from University of Virginia.

Dr. James Pate, Literature: Effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee

Dr. Pate is Assistant Professor of English at Shepherd University. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Pate attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and received his M.F.A. and his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in English from the University of Memphis. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Spoon River Poetry Review and has been a fellow for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts from 2015-2018. He has published numerous books, fiction and poetry.

Dr. Kathleen Reid, Economics: Labor economics and analysis of causal relationships

Dr. Reid is Professor of Economics, Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance, and Interim Dean of the College of Business. Professor Reid received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Plattsburg and her Ph.D. in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University. She has been a faculty member at Shepherd University since August 1983 teaching courses in Business Statistics, Quantitative Methods, Microeconomic Theory, Urban Economics, and Public Finance. Her research interests are in the areas of economic literacy and applied microeconomic theory. As Associate Dean, Professor Reid guided the College of Business through a successful reaffirmation of accreditation with the college’s accrediting body, IACBE, during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Dr. Haley Albright, Chemistry: Development of asymmetric organocatalysis

Dr. Albright is Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Albright received her Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Prior to coming to Shepherd, Dr. Albright was a Leo Lecturer at the University of Michigan.

Dr.  Sytil Murphy, Physics: Physical modelling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming

Dr.  Murphy is Associate Professor of Physics in the Department of Environmental and Physical Sciences. Dr. Murphy received her Bachelor of Science from Monmouth College, her Master of Science and Ph.D. from Montana State University.  Her research was in optics.  She and her colleague started the Seeding Your Future initiative which introduces middle school girls to STEM. She has also volunteered for FIRST Lego League robotics at Shepherd University as well as at Montana State University.

Dr.  Samuel Greene, Peace: Safeguarding freedom of expression, a precondition for democracy and lasting peace

Dr. Greene is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Studies and Director of Study Abroad at Shepherd University. Previously, he was Associate Professor at National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates and Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. Dr. Greene received his Bachelor of Arts from George Fox University, his Masters of Philosophy from University of Cambridge, and his Ph.D. from Catholic University of America.


For more information or to register, contact Karen Rice, director of Lifelong Learning, at or 304-876-5135.

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