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Science Fiction Lecture Oct. 20

Biophysicist to Present Science Fiction Lecture Oct. 20

Retired UC Riverside scientist Robert Heath will kick off “Afternoons in Special Collections & Archives” series.

(October 12, 2010)

Robert Heath

Robert Heath

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Robert Heath, UC Riverside professor of plant physiology and biophysics emeritus, will discuss “Science Fiction: The Predictor of the Future or a View of the Present?” on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Rivera Library.

The event is free. Parking costs $6.

Heath will speak about ways in which scientific concepts and inventive technology interact with fundamental areas of human cultural development, such as ethics and politics.
The lecture is the first in the series “Afternoons in Special Collections & Archives,” featuring UCR faculty and staff authors.

Heath, a native Californian, earned a B.S. degree in physics from Caltech, an M.S. in physics from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in biophysics from UC Berkeley. He joined the UC Riverside faculty in 1969 after a postdoctoral period at Brookhaven National Laboratories on Long Island, where he studied the fundamentals of photosynthesis.

He also team-taught several courses on science fiction with George Slusser, professor of literature and foreign languages emeritus and former curator of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Utopian Literature. Heath retired in 2007 but still writes about and teaches biochemistry, and reads and writes about science fiction.

For more information call Special Collections & Archives at (951) 827-3233.

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