Neuroscientist to lecture on campus

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In the past, Pacific has been able to host a number of well-known speakers, known for their achievements in their respected professions. This April, famed neuroscientist Simon LeVay will join the list of visiting professionals.

Pacific’s own Psi Chi Chapter and Psychology Club are making LeVay’s visit possible. According to Psi Chi and the Psychology Club’s adviser, Assistant Psychology Professor Heidi Island, LeVay was specifically chosen because a large number of involved students have an interest in neuroscience.

Previous speakers brought to campus for the organizations’ annual Brain and Behavior Lecture Series have included doctors Michael Shermer, David Buss, Ray Hyman and Helen Fisher. In his discussion titled “The Science of Sexual Orientation,” LeVay will discuss his latest findings on sexual identity and where scientific knowledge coincides with how sexual minorities are treated by society.  LeVay bases his research on what causes a person to be gay, straight, lesbian or bisexual and how the brain plays a role in that distinction.

Although Island emphasized that the club members are the ones who run the agenda for the presentation, she hoped that the “approach to and presentation of the subject matter would engage intellectual discussion and creative inquiry through a polite and respectful dialogue.”

“The Science of Sexual Orientation” is free, open to the public and will be held in Taylor-Meade Auditorium on April 5 at 7 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.


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