LeConte Visiting Scholars Program
Often in collaboration with the Biology Department, the IAP serves as a forum for special seminars and lectures including those presented as part of the LeConte Visiting Scholars Program.
The LeConte Scholars program is the first endowed visiting scholars program established at Georgia Southern. An anonymous donor funds this program that brings world-renowned scholars to GSU in order to stimulate both students and faculty while enriching the University's scholarly and cultural environment.
The program is named for Joseph LeConte who was born and reared at the LeConte – Woodmanston Plantation in nearby Liberty County. Joseph was a graduate of Franklin College (now the University of Georgia) and received a medical degree from Columbia University in New York. He returned to Georgia and practiced medicine for a time before returning to academic life. Subsequently he was on the faculties of the University of Georgia and the College of South Carolina, but spent most of his faculty life at the University of California, Berkeley where he was the first Professor of Natural History and his brother, John, was president.
Joseph was a prolific scholar and received many honors. Buildings, schools, streets and many natural wonders bear his name. Natural memorials include Mount LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, LeConte Dome in Yosemite Valley and LeConte Falls in Yosemite National Park, Mount LeConte in Sequoia National Park, LeConte Divide in Kings Canyon National Park and others.
List of LeConte Scholars:
- Carroll M. Williams, Benjamin Bussey Professor of Biology, Harvard University, "Hormones, Genes, and Metamorphosis."
- Thomas Eisner, J.G. Schurman Professor of Biology, Cornell University, "Better Living Through Chemistry – Insect Style."
- Vincent G. Dethier, Gilbert L. Woodside Professor of Zoology, University of Massachusetts, "The Insect Palate."
- Charles D. Michener, Watkins Distinguished Professor of Entomology, Systematics and Ecology, and Director of the Snow Museum, University of Kansas, "Individual Odor Differences and Their Functions in Insects."
- Eugene P. Odum, Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Ecology and Director, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, "Our Endangered Life Support Systems."
- Wendell L. Roelofs, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Insect Physiology, Cornell University and New York Agricultural Experiment Station, "Sex Pheromones of Moths."
- Paul Ehrlich, Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University, "Populations, Resources, Environment: Where We Stand Now."
- Edward O. Wilson, Baird Professor of Science, Harvard University, "How Ants Conquered the World."
- Miriam Rothschild, Naturalist, Ashton Wold, Peterborough, United Kingdom, "The Red Smell of Danger."
- Sir T. Richard E. Southwood, Linacre Professor and Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University, United Kingdom, "Disease and the Natural Environment – an Evolutionary Viewpoint."
- Robert L. Metcalf, Professor of Entomology, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, "Plants – Chemicals – Insects: Aspects of Coevolution."
- James F. Crow, Professor of Genetics, University of Wisconsin, "Genes, Molecules and Evolution."
- John H. Law, Regents Professor and Director, Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona, "Blending in, the Biochemistry of Insect Camouflage."
- Rita R. Colwell, President, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, University of Maryland System, "Global Climate and Human Health: the Saga of Cholera."
- William S. Bowers, Professor of Entomology and Chemical Ecology, University of Arizona, "Lessons from Nature Teach us Dirty Tricks for Pest Control."
- James H. Tumlinson, Research Leader, USDA and Adjunct Professor, University of Florida, "Plant-Insect Wars: Return of the Parasitoids."
- May R. Berenbaum, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology, University of Illinois, "Phytochemicals: Plant Sex, Human Drugs and Insect Rock and Roll".
- Barry J. Beaty, Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and director of the Arthropod-Borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Colorado State University, "Evolutionary Potential of Arboviruses in Vector Arthropods".
- William C. Campbell, Research Institute Scientists Emeriti, Drew University, Director, Parasitology, Merck and Co., Emeritus, "Hope is in Sight: Progress in the Control of River Blindness".
- Dave Denlinger, Distinguished University Professor and Chair of Entomology, the Ohio State University, "Escape in Time: the Biology of Insect Overwintering".
- Patricia Nuttall, Director of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), a Public Sector Research of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in the UK, "Tick feeding: thyme and reason".
- Gene Robinson, Professor of Integrative Biology, Inst. For Genomic Biology, Dept. of Entomology, Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Over Achievers: What Honey Bees Teach Us About Genes, Brains and Social Behavior".
- Robert S. Lane, Professor of Medical Entomology, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Univ. California Berkeley, "The Risky Nymphal Ticks of Californian Dense Woodlands".
- Libor Grubhoffer, Professor and Dean School of Science Univ. of South Bohemia and Institute of Parasitology, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, "Tick-borrelia Relations: Insights into Molecular Interactions".
- Kozo Fujisaki, Professor and Director of the Dept. of Frontier Veterinary Medicine, Kagoshima University, Japan, "Ticks Survive at a Threshold between Engorgement and Starvation".