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Alumni to give Fall Fest math, science lectures

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College alumni Jason Kehrberg, Dallas, Texas, and Alice Deckert, Meadville, Pa., will present lectures at the college’s annual Fall Festival. Admission is free and open to the public. Kehrberg will deliver his first speech, "Putting Stochastic Equity Return Scenarios to Use: Pricing Stock Options," at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8 in room 203 of the old Science Hall on the North Newton campus. The mathematical sciences lecture will explore uses of stochastic economic scenarios, primarily focusing on their relationship to stock option prices.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, Kehrberg will speak on "Modeling the Stock Market" at 10 a.m. in room 16 of Krehbiel Science Center, also located on the Bethel College campus. The lecture will discuss the behavior of the stock market and mathematical models of equity returns.

Kehrberg graduated from Bethel in 1994 and completed three semesters of graduate actuarial science coursework at the University of Iowa. A member of the American Academy of Actuaries since 1999 and a fellow of the Society of Actuaries since 2002, Kehrberg has worked in a variety of financial fields, including portfolio advising, acquisitions, demutualizations and investment policy and asset allocation review. He is currently employed as a consultant for Tillinghast, a business of Towers Perrin.

Deckert will present "Biosensors: The Lab on a Stick" at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 in room 16 of Krehbiel Science Center. Her speech will discuss progress being made in quickness and facility of biosensor tests, such as blood glucose and home pregnancy tests. "Biosensors" will also examine the technology that allows many medical test procedures to be contained on a single stick or strip that provides results in a matter of seconds.

Deckert graduated from Bethel in 1984 and received her doctoral degree in physical chemistry from Stanford University in 1989. She is currently an associate professor of chemistry at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.

In addition to being Bethel College alumni, both Kehrberg and Deckert are children of former Bethel professors. Kehrberg is the son of Don Kehrberg, professor emeritus of music, and Deckert is the daughter of Marion Deckert, professor emeritus of philosophy.

Bethel College hosts its 34th annual Fall Festival Oct. 7-10. Other weekend activities on campus include food and entertainment for all ages, arts and crafts, alumni gatherings and athletic events.

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