NIH senior adviser to speak at Ball State's Alice Procter Killey Lecture

Topics: Scholarships, College of Sciences and Humanities

February 28, 2007

Jeffre Witherly, a communications expert with the National Institutes of Health, will be guest speaker for the Alice Procter Killey Lecture presented by Ball State's College of Sciences and Humanities.

Witherly, a Ball State alumnus, will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 6 in the Pittenger Student Center, Cardinal Hall.

Witherly is the senior adviser for science education at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health. He was the lead science educator for NHGRI while the federal agency was in charge of completing the Human Genome Project in 2003.

After the project's completion, he joined the National Cancer Institute as a special adviser, where he worked to develop and implement an online health collaborative community for cancer researchers.

In 2005, Witherly returned to NHGRI, where he is working on a national collaborative online community for science educators expected to launch in the fall.

Witherly is a 1982 graduate of Ball State and has master's degrees in natural resources and communications. His book, "What Scientists Mean When They Talk about Genes and Genomes," is in its second printing and is published in three languages.

The Alice Procter Killey Lecture is intended to foster a deeper appreciation of the values that underlie a liberal education and their connection to ethical behavior in political, economic, scientific and personal choices.

Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Student Center Music Lounge.

For more information, contact Michael Maggiotto, dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities, at (765) 285-1042 or

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