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Robert I. Strozier Lecture Series showcases Armstrong Campus faculty research

Photography Professor Bridget Conn

This semester, Georgia Southern’s College of Arts and Humanities will continue the Robert I. Strozier Lecture Series on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah in honor of the former Professor Emeritus of English who was a beloved figure for more than four decades. The annual event features Armstrong Campus faculty members who present their research on a variety of topics.

All lectures will take place at the Ogeechee Theatre in the Student Union on the Armstrong Campus from noon-1 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

On Friday, Jan. 26, Photography Professor Bridget Conn will present a lecture, “Kodachrome Rumors: Why Outdated Technologies Thrive in the Art World.” She will discuss how technologies evolve from commercial tools into the methods with which artists make work. Conn holds a MFA with concentrations in photography, mixed media and installation from the University of Georgia and a BFA in studio art from Tulane University.

The remaining schedule is listed below:

  • Friday, Feb. 16, Engineering Professor Cameron Coates, Ph.D., will discuss, “Journey to Mars: Test Activities at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center,” highlighting NASA’s plan to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. A fixture on the Armstrong Campus since 2002, Coates was selected as a NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Faculty Fellow at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for the last two summers. He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.       
  • Friday, March 23, Anthropology Professor Laura Seifert will present, “Digging Savannah: Monks, Freedman, Ghosts and Myths.” Her lecture will focus on recent research at both the Benedictine Monastery and Freedman School on Skidaway Island, and the Sorrel-Weed House on Madison Square. While new historical details bring up thorny issues of privilege and descendant communities’ access to their own past, she will also discuss how to introduce new histories to old sites and how to address archaeological findings that contradict historical myths. Seifert holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in anthropology from East Carolina University.
  • Friday, April 13, Chemistry Professors Sarah Gray, Ph.D., and Sarah Zingales, Ph.D., will present, “Hoptimization of the Brewing Process: How Beer is Made.” The talk will cover the general brewing process and the ingredients that go into making beer, as well as what leads beer to skunk, and how you can avoid it. In addition, their collaboration with a local microbrewery, Southbound Brewing Company, will be discussed. Gray earned a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Montana and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College. Zingales holds doctorate and master’s degrees in organic chemistry  from Georgia State University.

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