Fisk Professor and Chair of Life and Physical Sciences Dr. Steven Morgan will lecture on the University’s contributions to the natural sciences at the 15th annual Piersen Lecture Series on February 24th at 7p.m. in the Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall. The lecture is free and the public in encouraged to attend.
“We are honored to have a scholar and educator of the stature of Dr. Morgan,” said Dr. Reavis Mitchell, chair of the faculty assembly and the department of history at Fisk University. “Morgan’s Reseach has placed him in the forefront of American higher education and know that his presentation on the history of research will highlight the excellence that our university has contributed in the natural sciences.”
“The lecture will discuss our 80 year history from our department’s establishment in 1929 by renowned physicist Elmer S. Imes, to our most recent collaborations with institutions such as NASA and Oak Ridge Laboratories,” Dr. Morgan said.
Dr Morgan serves as Chair of the Department of Life and Physical Sciences and also as a mentor in the in Fisk-Vanderbilt MS-PhD Bridge Program in material sciences. His own research interests are the linear and nonlinear optical properties of glasses, the optical properties of semi-conductors, and applications of vibrational spectroscopy to condensed matter physics. He is also expert in Infrared and Raman spectroscopy. He is a funded investigator of the Center for Physics and Chemistry of Materials, Fisk University.
The Piersen Series, named in honor of the late William Piersen who chaired the Fisk University Department of History for fifteen years. The series is a lecture and performance initiative that exists to provide primary research information on Fisk University and is sponsored by the departments of history and political science at Fisk University. In the tradition of past lecturers, Dr. Morgan will receive the Ridley/Jones prize as crafted by acclaimed Nashville artist and professor Ted Jones.