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Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science

The University of Idaho College of Science proudly presents the fourteenth annual Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science

3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019
Life Science South 277
770 University Avenue
Moscow, Idaho

The lecture is free and open to the public.

All are welcome to attend.

“Only Geniuses Can Have a Career in Science - Not True”

Presented by Ramesh C. Kumar, Ph.D. 
Corporate Scientist, ACS Fellow
3M Materials Resource Division

The Austin Lecture

The Austin Lecture is funded by the Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Memorial Endowment, which was established by the family and friends of the Austins in 1987. Bob Austin graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in metallurgical engineering in 1934. He was a long-time supporter of the university and a founder of the College of Mines and Earth Resources Constituent Alumni Association (C2A2). All three of the Austins’ children earned degrees from the University of Idaho, and two grandchildren are alumni as well.

For additional information, contact Eric Bennett at

Past Lectures

  • Matthew E. McCarroll, Ph.D., Lecture on the impacts of science and chemistry on the brewing industry
  • DNA Repair Doctors WITH (Chromatin) Borders: Protecting Cells From Chaos and Cancer 
  • Richard A. Feely, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
  • Peter Donnelly, Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics
  • Jill Seaman, Infectious Disease Physician, MacArthur Fellows
  • John L. Phillips, retired, NASA Astronaut
  • Carolyn Porco, Adjunct Professor, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado in Boulder
  • Susan L. Brantley Professor, Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University

Ramesh Kumar
Ramesh C. Kumar, Ph.D.


College of Science

Physical Address:
Mines 321

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3025
Moscow, ID 83844-3025

Phone: 208-885-6195

Fax: 208-885-6904


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