Arts and Sciences dean to open seminar season at SOU

Alissa Arp, dean of Southern Oregon University's college of arts and sciences, will present "Life in the Extreme: Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents and Other Ecologically Challenging Marine Environments" on Friday at SOU.

The presentation is the first in a fall term series of seminars called Fridays at 3. The presentations are held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Science Lecture Hall, Room 118, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. The seminars are free and open to the public.

Arp is a professor of biology and the dean of the college of arts and sciences at SOU. She holds a PhD in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a postdoctoral associate at Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

Arp is an expert in the physiology of life in challenging environments, ranging from the deep ocean floor to suburban estuaries. She has been on eight deep-sea dives in research submersibles to more than 1.5 miles in depth.

On Oct. 23 the Fridays at 3 topic is "The Changing Roles of Academic Libraries in the Digital Age" by Paul Adalian, dean of SOU's Hannon Library. Before coming to SOU, Adalian served as library dean at California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, Calif., for six years.

Prior to that, he was at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for many years. Adalian also worked at the Education Library at San Francisco State University.

The Oct. 30 talk is "Tocqueville's Relevance Today" by William Cook.

Nearly 175 years after its publication, Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" remains one of the most illuminating and quoted studies ever written on American democracy.

Cook is the distinguished teaching professor of history at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he has taught since 1970.

Fridays at 3 continues through November with dates and topics to be announced soon. For more information, call 552-6520.

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