Between the McCabe, Greene, and Karpvoich lectures, there is a speaker for everyone this spring.
What do an associate professor of physical therapy from the University of Buffalo, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and civil rights lawyer, and a chemistry professor and co-director of the Center of Excellence in Explosive Detection, Mitigation, and Response have in common? They will all be presenting lectures at Springfield College, beginning this week.
The Department of Biology and Chemistry will present the 17th annual Britton C. and Lucile McCabe Lecture, featuring speaker Jimmie Oxley, co-director of the University of Rhode Island Center of Excellence in Explosive Detection, Mitigation, and Response and chemistry professor, on Wednesday, April 2, at 4 p.m., in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room.
Oxley’s presentation, “The Explosive Threat,” will examine improvised homemade explosives and how research contributes to preventing the production of these devices. With an expertise in the chemistry of thermal decomposition of explosives and highly energetic materials, it’s no wonder that Oxley was able to create a database used by scientists, law enforcement, and military personnel from around the world to assist them in combating explosives-based terrorism. During her professional career, she has worked closely with bomb squads following the 2005 London bombings; she collaborated with the FBI on simulations of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; and has worked with British officials to examine larger fertilizer bombs.
University of Buffalo Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Patricia J. Othake will give the Greene Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 10, beginning at 5 p.m., in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room. Othake will present “Rehabilitation for people with critical illness: Taking the next step.”
Othake’s research focuses on efficacy of clinical interventions for patients with acute and critical illness, and the use of simulation for physical therapist and interprofessional education.
The final of the four lectures will be the annual Peter V. Karpovich Lecture, presented by three-time Olympic gold medalist and civil rights lawyer Nancy Hogshead-Makar H’02, on Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m., in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room.
Hogshead-Makar will present “Title IX: We won, right? So, why the stubborn disparities in athletics?” which culminates the year-long Celebration of 50 Years of Women’s Varsity Athletics at the College.
As one of the premier advocates of the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972, Hogshead-Makar helped to protect people from discrimination based on gender in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Prior to her professional career success, she won three gold medals and one silver medal for swimming during the 1984 Olympics.