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Science, mathematics lectures scheduled for Fall Festival weekend at Bethel College

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN.- Science and mathematics lectures are scheduled during the 32nd annual Fall Festival weekend at Bethel College Oct. 10-13. Admission to the lectures is free and open to the public.

Biologist Chris McLendon, a 1993 Bethel College alumnus, will speak on "Beta-Amyloid Protein and Alzheimer's Disease" at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 10 in room 121, Krehbiel Science Center. McLendon, who has done research at the University of Nebraska Medical School and Mayo Clinic in Florida, is a biologist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Development neurobiologist Johann Eberhart will present "From Genes to Cells to Structures: How Do We Get from Here to There?" at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 in room 16, Krehbiel Science Center. Eberhart is a 1993 Bethel College graduate and this year earned a doctoral degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is currently on a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oregon.

Computer scientist William Schmidt, a 1982 Bethel College graduate with a doctoral degree from Iowa State University, will speak on "Superblocks: Speeding Program Execution through Code Duplication" at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 in room 203, Science Hall. Schmidt is a senior software engineer with IBM Corporation in Rochester, Minn., and has been issued 20 U.S. patents.

Fall Festival weekend activities at the North Newton campus will also include the dedication of Krehbiel Science Center and the inauguration of E. LaVerne Epp as Bethel College's 12th president. Events are planned for all ages. Food, entertainment, children's activities, arts and crafts, alumni gatherings, arts and crafts, and athletic events fill the schedule. Most events are Saturday.

By June Krehbiel, Bethel College News Service

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