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REF NO.: 314

SUBJECT: Space scientist delivers two lectures at Memorial University

DATE: June 12

Note to Editors:
A well-known space scientist will delve into two diverse subjects on Friday, June 16, 2006, during a special visit to Memorial University’s St. John’s campus.
Dr. Richard Wassersug is one of Canada's most active researchers with more than 100 scientific publications under his belt focusing on a wide range of topics including ecology, ethology, anatomy, neurobiology, space science and medicine. He holds faculty appointments at Dalhousie University's medical school and both the Departments of Biology and Psychology.
He has served on an advisory committee for the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, and was the first scientist-in-residence for the Canadian Discovery Channel and was a columnist for, a national science news program now known as Daily Planet, for more than a decade.
Currently, he's a science panelist for CBC Radio's Maritime Noon and has written popular essays on science for publications such as Nature and New Scientist.  
Dr. Wassersug will deliver two lectures at Memorial on Friday, June 16. The first, Vertebrate Biology in Microgravity: What We Know (and Don't Know) About the Behavior and Development of Vertebrates in Weightlessness, will take place at 11 a.m. in room A-1043 in the Arts and Administration Building. The second, titled Modern Day Eunuchs: Who is Castrated in Modern Society and Why?, will take place at 2 p.m. in room        A-1043.

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For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Harley, professor of Psychology and Physiology, 709-737-7974 or


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