Dirt Talk Inaugurating Lecture Series

Oct. 2, 2009

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Dirt and erosion will be the focus of the O.T. Hayward Lecture Series beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 in the Baylor Sciences Building.

Dr. David Montgomery, professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington in Seattle will discuss the history of agriculture and soil erosion.

Montgomery's book "Dirt: The Erosions of Civilization" won the 2008 Washington State Book Award in general nonfiction. He is also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship nicknamed the "Genius Award." He is a professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and has written articles that have appeared in such journals as Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

"My hope is that this lectureship series provides us with the opportunity to bring world class geologists to Baylor to share their expertise," said Dr. Steven Driese, professor of geology at Baylor University.

Donors, Mr. and Mrs. Connie Hudson, Baylor alumni, named the endowment in honor of Dr. O.T. Hayward. Faculty member, Peter Allen, professor of geology, assisted in the establishment of this endowment.

"Hayward emphasized teaching geology by going out and looking at things," said Driese.

Hayward spent more than 4,000 hours in the field with students. He became a professor at Baylor University in 1955. He also directed more student research than any other geology faculty member.

A reception will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Baylor Science Building on the second floor. The lecture will be in Room D.110.

For more information, contact (254) 710-2361.

by Jessica Puente, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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