The Bernard K. 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.

2024 Bernard Rothenberg Lecture in Biology and Publicy Policy by Katrina Claw, Ph.D. Lecture title: Journey in Genomics: Navigating the Intersection of Pharmacogenomics, Ancient DNA, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Ethics. Monday, February 26, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. in Park 180. Reception to follow in Harris Atrium from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.


"Journey in Genomics: Navigating the Intersection of Pharmacogenetics, Ancient DNA, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Ethics"

Katrina Claw

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Colorado University School of Medicine





"The Snow Leopard Startup: Adventures in War Zone Conservation"

Alex Dehgan
CEO of Conservation X Labs and Professor of Sustainability and the Global Futures, Arizona State University


Rothenberg-Kissling lecture


"The Population Taboo"

Frances Kissling
Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Bioethics


2016 Rothenberg Lecture Poster


"Advancing Women's Health Research Through Science, Advocacy and Education"

Monica P. Mallampalli, Ph.D., M.S.
Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Society for Women's Health Research


2014 Rothenberg Lecture Poster


"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


2012 Rothenberg Lecture Poster


"From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: The Principles of Collective Behavior"

Iain D. Couzin, Ph.D.
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University


Mina Bissell Poster


"Why Don't We Have More Cancer"

Mina Bissell, Ph.D.
Distinguished Scientist, Life Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


2010 Rothenberg Lecture Poster


"Biology and the Concept of Death as UnAmerican"

Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D.
President-elect, Mount Holyoke College 


2009 Rothenberg Lecture Poster


"Communicating Science to the Public"

Paul A. Offit, M.D.
Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


2008 Rothenberg Lecture Poster


"The Science of Saving Life on Earth"

Taylor Ricketts, Ph.D.
Director of Conversation Science, World Wildlife Fund 


2007 Rothenberg Lecture Poster


"In the Public Eye: Communicating 'Controversial' Science"

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