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Bethel College alumni to give math, science lectures

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College alumni Dan Flickinger, San Francisco, Calif., and Louise Hawkley, Homewood, Ill., will present lectures at the college's annual Fall Festival. Admission is free and open to the public. Flickinger will speak on "Taming the Forked Tongue" at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Science Hall, room 203. The mathematical sciences lecture will focus on a probability-based model for identifying intended interpretation out of a set of possible interpretations presented in natural language processing.

Hawkley's sciences speech, "The Anatomy of Loneliness," will be presented at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 in Krehbiel Science Center, room 16. The lecture will discuss the correlations between psychological and physiological responses of students experiencing differing degrees of loneliness during a 12-hour field study.

Flickinger graduated from Bethel in 1978 and received his doctoral degree in linguistics from Stanford University in 1987. He is currently the project manager for the LinGO Project at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University.

Hawkley graduated from Bethel in 1995 and received her doctoral degree in psychology from Ohio State University in 2001. She is currently employed as a research scientist with the Institute for Mind and Biology at the University of Chicago.

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