Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

August 2, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, an internationally known Maya scholar and a genetics researcher will be among the speakers for the 2001-2002 Collegium da Vinci lecture series sponsored by SMU's Dedman College.

Collegium da Vinci allows a limited number of guests to meet and hear some of today's leading scientists in an intimate setting. This year's dinners and lectures will be held on Sundays in the Jones Great Room of SMU's new Meadows Museum. Dinners begin at 6 p.m. followed by lectures at 7:30.

Confirmed speakers for this year's Collegium da Vinci and their topics are as follows:

Sept. 16, 2001 -- Leon Lederman, director emeritus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois and winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics. Topic: "As Simple as Possible."

Oct. 21, 2001 --- Dr. Adrian Flatt, chief emeritus of the Orthopaedic Department at Baylor University Medical Center. Topic: "Our Working Hand."

Nov. 11, 2001 --- Larry Ruben, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at SMU. Topic: "The Big Sleep: Trypanosomiasis in Africa."

Feb. 10, 2002 -- David Freidel, professor of anthropology at SMU. Topic: "Killing the Messengers: War, History and Carved Stone Monuments in Ancient Maya Civilization."

March 10, 2002 -- Brian Stump, professor of geological sciences at SMU. Topic: "Seismology, Politics and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty."

April 14, 2002 -- Dr. Jonathan C. Cohen, associate professor of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Topic: "Prometheus and Pandora: The Promise and Peril of the Human Genome Project."

"Collegium da Vinci is the most stimulating, challenging conversation about science in Dallas," said Jasper Neel, dean of Dedman College.

Collegium da Vinci limits its series memberships to 30. Tickets for individual lectures also may be purchased. For more information on Collegium da Vinci, call 214-768-2103. Membership in Collegium da Vinci supports science programs in SMU's Dedman College.