news briefs: Harvard professor to visit GVSU

Harvard professor to visit GVSU

Harvard professor David Edwards is scheduled to visit Grand Valley State University to give two separate presentations discussing how to connect science and technology with the arts and social issues.

In addition to being a Harvard professor, Edwards is also a biomedical engineer, writer and the founder of Le Laboratoire located in Paris.

Both of Edward’s presentations are scheduled for Oct. 15 in the Loosemore Auditorium located at the DeVos Center. The first presentation, “Learning, Inventing and Creating Value,” will take place at 2 p.m. and is followed by “Inventing the Day After Tomorrow” at 6 p.m.

To RSVP for the free event, go to

DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy

The next installment of the DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy presented by Grand Valley State University will focus on health care resource allocation with the help of two national experts.

Frederick Zimmerman, professor of health policy and management at UCLA, and Mildred Solomon, president and chief executive officer for the Hastings Center, are set to present. Rev. Julius Medenblik, president of Calvin theological seminary, will moderate the event.

The free event, called “Ethics of Resource Allocation across the Lifespan,” will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.

To register for the event, go to

Arnold C. Ott lectureship in chemistry to feature award-winning chemist

The fall Arnold C. Ott lectureship in chemistry at Grand Valley State University is set to feature Geraldine Richmond, an award-winning chemist who made her mark on the science community after explaining what happens when solids, liquids and gases combine.

Richmond is also a professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon and the founder of COACH, an organization devoted to helping women scientists across the world and in the United States.

She will give both a public lecture and a chemistry seminar, each held inside the Grand River Room at the Kirkhof Center.

The lecture, “Surf, Sink or Swim: Understanding How Environmentally Important Molecules Behave at Water Surfaces,” is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 20.

The seminar, “Going Nonlinear to Study Molecular Assembly at Oil-Water Interfaces,” is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Oct. 21.

For more information, call the GVSU chemistry department at (616) 331-3317 or go to

Children’s Rescue Race

Challenging Heights, a nonprofit organization that promotes education for children in Ghana, is running the second annual Children’s Rescue Race at Grand Valley State University. The 5K walk and run takes place at the Allendale Cook Carillon Tower from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 17.

The cost is $25 for general participants, $20 for GVSU students who sign up with their school email, $10 for kids and $60 for a family of four. All of the proceeds help support children in Ghana who are being used for child labor or at risk of becoming victims.

Registration is available starting at 8 a.m. on race day, or online at Contact Stephany Zahl at [email protected] with any questions.