The 2021 Rachel Carson Lecture has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The lecture series will resume in 2022.

Supported by a generous endowment from George L. and Helen B. Long, the Rachel Carson Science, Technology & Society Annual Lecture was designed to bring leading experts in the fields of science and technology to campus to address the PLU community. Visiting scholars interact with PLU students and faculty in the classroom, and lecture on a scholarly topic of general interest in the evening.

The 2021 Rachel Carson Lecture has been cancelled due to restrictions in place for COVID-19. Our scheduled 2021 speaker, Dr. Dayna Baumeister (co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8), has graciously agreed to reschedule for 2022.  Biomimicry is learning from and then emulating nature’s forms, processes, and ecosystems to create more sustainable designs. With a devotion to applied natural history and a passion for sharing the genius of nature, Dr. Baumeister has worked in the field of biomimicry since 1998, traveling the world as a biomimicry thought-leader, business consultant, and professor.

The Long Science, Technology and Society Endowed Internship Fund

Supported by a generous endowment from George L. and Helen B. Long, this internship provides financial assistance to PLU students with an unpaid internship in a field related to science and technology.

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Rachel Carson: The Lecture's Namesake

Inspired by the spirit of Rachel Carson, George and Helen Long's support for this series helps to bring leading experts in the fields of science and technology to campus to address PLU students, faculty, and our surrounding community.

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Creating a Legacy of Good Work: The First Group of Long Interns

This summer, three students were chosen for work across the natural sciences spectrum. The students’ efforts included helping people with food sensitivities, helping injured and orphaned baby birds, and nonprofit work.

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Revisiting Our Past Rachel Carson Lecturers

From climate change and food engineering to artificial intelligence and global health, our past presenters are experts in a wide array of fields.

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