Roanoke College

Fisher Lecture to Focus on Immortality


SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College will host a lecture that will examine how advances in modern science continue to increase life expectancy on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Massengill Auditorium. The event is open to the public, and tickets are not required.

Dr. Walter R. T. Witschey, professor of anthropology and science education at Longwood University and director emeritus of the Science Museum of Virginia, will be this year's Charles H. Fisher lecturer. Witschey will speak on "Achieving Immortality: How to Live Forever." By weaving together the fascinating stories of modern genomics, advanced nanotechnology, miniaturized robots and the world's most powerful computer systems, Witschey will use his background to attack the question of immortality with clarity, humor and seriousness in an illustrated talk.

The College's chemistry department established the Fisher Lecture Series in honor of alumnus Dr. Charles H. "Hap" Fisher '28, to provide a forum for chemical, educational and related scientific topics for the chemistry and general community. Fisher's distinguished career has involved many different roles in industry, government and private life, including chemical pioneer, researcher, inventor, author, education, administrator and public servant.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282. -30-