Science and Mathematics Week Sept. 10-15

Published on August 31, 2018

Eastern Kentucky University has announced the schedule for its Celebration of Science and Mathematics Week Sept. 10-15. The second annual event will feature special lectures, hands-on activities and campus tours for area high school students, a free planetarium show, Family Nature Day at Maywoods, and a ceremony to recognize the second phase of the University’s new Science Building for achieving LEED Gold status.

The lectures, planetarium show, LEED ceremony and Family Nature Day are all free and open to the public.

Highlights of the week include:

Monday, Sept. 10 – LEED Gold Certification Ceremony, 2 p.m., Science Building Atrium. To earn LEED Gold distinction, facilities must meet stringent standards related to sustainability, energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials and resources used in construction and design.

Monday, Sept. 10 – Alumni Lecture Series, Dr. Julia Bohannon, “Discovery of Novel Therapeutics for the Prevention of Infection in Burn Patients: Applications from Bench to Bedside,” 7:30 p.m., 3104 Science Building. The 2003 EKU graduate, who spent a significant portion of her childhood recovering from severe burns, is now an assistant professor at Vanderbilt Medical School, where she is researching new treatments to protect burn victims and other high-risk patients from deadly infections.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Hummel Planetarium show, 6-7:30 p.m., free and open to public.

Thursday, Sept. 13 – Chautauqua lecture by Amy and Dave Freeman, “A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters,” 7:30 p.m., O’Donnell Hall, Whitlock Building. The husband-and-wife team have traveled a total of 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe and dogsled through rugged terrain, and journaled their trip for their 2017 book, “A Year in the Wilderness.” They are members of the Save the Boundary Waters Coalition, which raises awareness about the threats of mining and industrial pollution to the waters on the U.S.-Canadian border.

Saturday, Sept. 15 – Family Nature Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory, near Crab Orchard. For a list of activities, directions and to pre-register (some activities have limited slots), visit For any additional questions, call 859-622-1476 or email

For a full calendar of the week’s events, visit

In addition to the College of Science and the various departments of the college, sponsors of the week’s events are Baptist Health-Richmond, Office of Admissions, Conferencing and Events, Chautauqua Lecture Series, Honors Program, Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration and the Division of Natural Areas.