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Geddes Simpson Lecture Nominations Due

April 30

On behalf of the Deans of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture and of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The University of Maine, in concert with The University of Maine Foundation, we are pleased to call for nominations for the 2021 Geddes W. Simpson Lecture. This lecture series is endowed to invite to campus a speaker of prominence regarding the interface of science and history.

Geddes Wilson Simpson was a distinguished faculty member who began his 55-year UMaine career with the College of Life Sciences and the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station in 1931. His research on aphids in the potato plant was renowned and carried on the tradition of pioneering UMaine entomologist Edith Patch. Simpson was named chair of the Entomology Department in 1954 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1974. Simpson was the first recipient of the UMaine Presidential Research Achievement Award. Upon his retirement he was awarded emeritus status and thereafter worked part time with the Experiment Station as editor. Prof. David C. Smith dedicated his history of the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station to Simpson as “one of three men whose work I admire.”

Nomination Process: To nominate a speaker to address the UMaine campus in the fall of 2021, please send a one page letter of nomination and the curriculum vita of the nominee to the lecture committee no later than Friday, April 30. Nominations should be submitted by email to: marka@maine.edu. 

Deadline: 4 p.m.