Wells College to Host Talk by Hazel Sive of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

September 27, 2019
The 2019 Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar will give a keynote lecture, “The Right Size Head,” as part of her Oct. 15–16 visit to Wells.
Hazel Sive in front of bookshelf

The Wells College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is pleased to welcome its 2019 visiting scholar Hazel Sive, professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sive's keynote lecture, "The Right Size Head," will expound upon her groundbreaking research, which focuses on neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders, as well as fundamental processes underlying brain and craniofacial development.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hostetter Lecture Hall (Stratton Hall 209). Admission is free and all are welcome.

During her two-day visit to Wells on Oct. 15–16, in addition to delivering her keynote lecture, Professor Sive will visit several classes. During those sessions, she will engage with students and speak on a variety of subjects—including science-related topics like "Fat and Brain Health," as well as broader issues that touch upon society at large, such as cultivating a personal sense of belonging, and promoting a culture of respect for women in academia.

Hazel Sive is a pioneer in analysis of the extreme anterior domain (EAD) of the brain, a unique and important embryonic region which she named. Another major focus of her research has been on the development of the nervous system's patterning. She is committed to communicating the powerful contributions that education and scientific research make to society, and has taken an active interest in exploring the evolving role of faculty in teaching, and curriculum reform.

Dr. Sive is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow—which is MIT's highest undergraduate teaching award—as well as a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and an associate member of the Broad Institute. She is also a founder and director of MIT–Africa, an initiative that promotes mutually beneficial connections between MIT colleagues and their African counterparts, and serves as director of higher education for MIT's new Jameel World Education Lab.

About Phi Beta Kappa's Visiting Scholar Program

In existence for over 60 years, the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program offers undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America's most distinguished scholars. The visiting scholar spends two days on campus, meeting with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussion, and giving a public lecture open to the entire community. Read more about Wells College's Chapter Xi of Phi Beta Kappa at wells.edu/phi-beta-kappa, and more about the national Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program at pbk.org/VisitingScholars.

About Wells College

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