Nalliah to present annual faculty lecture

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University’s Dr. Ruth Nalliah will deliver the annual Forester Lecture Series faculty lecture on April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Nalliah, professor of chemistry, was chosen for the honor after a competitive review process. She will present “From Monsters to Tree Trunks: Exploring Relationships between Faith and Science.”

Her presentation will explore faith-science relationships, often seen as problematic and perplexing by the general public, and will identify ways in which the disciplines of theology and science can be mutually beneficial.

Nalliah received a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Bluffton College in 1989 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Toledo in 1995, having worked on a project involving laser Raman spectroscopy of heme, the active molecule in hemoglobin. Nalliah joined the faculty of Huntington University in 1995, and she teaches physical and analytical chemistry in addition to liberal arts chemistry and serves as the pre-medical advisor for chemistry majors. She also works periodically on summer research projects with students, having directed student summer research projects involving studies of biologically-related colored pigments such as porphyrins and anthocyanins, and has co-authored a publication with students for the Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Council on Undergraduate Research, the Indiana Academy of Science, the Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges and the Association of Managers of Magnetic Resonance Laboratories.

Huntington University presents the Forester Lecture Series each semester. The lectures are designed to bring interesting people and topics to the attention of students and the regional community. All lectures are open to the public free of charge.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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