University Forum


For more than forty years, the University Forum has been the premier lecture series at the University of Southern Mississippi. Sponsored by the Southern Miss Honors College with support from the Office of the President, since its founding in 1974, University Forum has brought some of the most respected and innovative cultural, scientific, and artistic voices in the world to Southern Miss.  Under the auspices of Forum, such speakers as Stephen J. Gould, Gloria Steinem, Russell Means, Susan Sontag, Kurt Vonnegut, E.O. Wilson, Art Spiegelman, and Carl Bernstein have visited Southern Miss.


2015-2016 Season

Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky will be the second speaker at this year’s University Forum. Dr. Leslie-Pelecky spent most of her career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln researching nanomedicine. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research and other federal and state funding agencies. She has over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is the co-editor of the book Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology.

In recent years, Dr. Leslie-Pelesky has turned her attention to making science more accessible to students and the general public. One result of those efforts was the publication of The Physics of NASCAR. The Physics of NASCAR explores auto racing from the perspective of science, explaining—in clear prose and with simple diagrams--everything from combustion to aerodynamics to the material science of paints and tires. The book has been widely praised for making the complexities of physics intelligible to a broad audience and it will serve as the basis for her University Forum talk on October 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium at Southern Miss.


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