The Bernard Rothenberg Lecture
in Biology and Public Policy

The Bernard K. Rothenberg Fund was established by Miriam Korn Rothenberg '45 in memory of her husband in 1994. The Bernard Rothenberg lectureship brings distinguished individuals whose work has impacted the area of biology and public policy to the Bryn Mawr campus for a day. Previous lecturers include Donald Kennedy, Joshua Lederberg, Arthur Caplan, Maxine Singer, Gina Kolata, and Shirley Tilghman.


The 2014 Bernard Rothenberg Lecture in Biology and Public Policy

"The Journalist's Dilemma: How to Boil the Global Food System Down to Spoon-Sized Servings without Leaching All its Complexity and Flavor"
Jonathan Miller
Homeland Productions
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Rhys Carpenter Library 21
Reception to follow in Quita Woodward Room.


The 2012 Bernard Rothenberg Lecture in Biology and Public Policy

"From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: The Principles of Collective Behavior"
Iain D. Couzin, Ph.D.
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

Monday, April 16, 4 p.m.
Ely Room, Wyndham
Reception to follow.




The 2010 Bernard Rothenberg Lecture in Biology and Public Policy

"Biology and the Concept of Death as UnAmerican"

Lynn Pasquerella
President-elect, Mount Holyoke College

photo of Pasquerella

Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D., will assume the presidency of Mount Holyoke College on July 1, 2010.  An accomplished scholar, medical ethicist, and global advocate for women’s education and empowerment both locally and globally, she is a board director with the Africa Center for Engineering Social Solutions, which focuses on empowering women in an AIDS-ravaged section of Kenya. She was also the principal investigator on a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation promoting careers for women in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Thursday, April 8, 4 p.m.
Ely Room, Wyndham
Reception to follow.

Previous Lectures


Communicating Science to the Public

Paul A. Offit, M.D.
Paul A. Offit, M.D. is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the author of five books, including Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases and, most recently, Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure.


The Science of Saving Life on Earth

Taylor Ricketts, Ph.D.
Director of Conversation Science, World Wildlife Fund
Dr. Ricketts leads a broad range of scientific activities at the World Wildlife Fund, from conducting research on the scientific principles underlying conservation to providing technical assistance to conservation programs on the ground. His current research focuses on the economic benefits of conservation to people: the “ecosyste services” provided by forests, wetlands, and other natural areas.


In the Public Eye: Communicating “Controversial” Science

Steven L. Snyder, Ph.D.
Vice President of Exhibit and Program Development at the Franklin Institute