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Scientist to present ‘Going Nuclear’ at Honors College colloquium

January 22, 2013

The Honors College at UW-Stout will “go nuclear” with a special guest speaker Thursday, Jan. 31.

Shelly Lesher, a nuclear scientist, will present “Going Nuclear: Understanding Nuclear Applications,” at 5 p.m. in Ballroom A of the Memorial Student Center. Lesher will discuss how nuclear science affects our daily lives and will focus on the applications of nuclear medicine.

The event is free and open to the public.

Shelly LesherLesher teaches in the physics department at UW-La Crosse. She earned her doctorate in nuclear physics from the University of Kentucky. He research focuses on multiple aspects of nuclear physics.

The event is in association with the Honors College spring Honors Colloquium, which is based on the book “Radioactive: Pierre and Marie Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout” by Lauren Redniss.

The colloquium brings more than 400 Honors College students and faculty together to discuss issues associated with a commonly-read book. The format is unique in the nation in that all Honors College students participate each semester in the colloquium. The fall colloquium was based on the book “The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008” by Paul Krugman.

In 2012 UW-Stout became the second university in the UW System and the only comprehensive to have an Honors College, according to Lopa Basu, Honors College director.

The honors program began in 1994. Last fall 430 students were enrolled.

For more information contact the Honors College, 715-232-1455.

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