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A Meeting of Minds


On a recent Friday, a group of Loyola Marymount University faculty members gathered to hear Professor David Moffet’s presentation on “Using LMU's Green Glowing Bacteria to Find a Cure for Alzheimer's Disease.” The presentation was part of the weekly Friday Faculty Colloquium Series – now in its second semester.

The Colloquium Series, organized by the office of faculty support, provides an informal setting for LMU faculty to share current work and research findings. Faculty are invited to meet each Friday at the faculty center on campus for lunch and a presentation from a colleague, followed by an often-lively Q & A.

Richard Gilbert, professor of psychology, presented “I Speak French in My Second Life” at the colloquium this fall. He noted, “I feel the Colloquium Series is an excellent forum for faculty members to present their work to colleagues from other departments and colleges … It’s a good way of encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue.”

“The series is successful because it draws on the talents of LMU faculty members,” said Birute Vileisis, director of the office of faculty support at LMU. “Some faculty present research in progress, while others talk about recent books or published articles.”

The series is important to Matt Dillon, a professor in the Department of Classics and Archaeology, because he can learn about research other faculty members – as well as students – are doing. “I’ve been amazed with the quality of the research our students are doing, especially in the sciences,” he said. Dillon sees the colloquia as a way to get, “a little food for thought” each week. “We talk about encouraging our students to be lifelong learners; I want to be a lifelong learner!”

Vileisis is in the process of planning the spring semester. She said that faculty members can look forward to presentations on the human genome, the American presidency and more.

Posted Nov. 30, 2009