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Aronson Family Lecture Series

Dr. Alison Power, Biologist, Cornell University


Thank you for making the 2022 Aronson Family Science and Society Lecture a success.



The Purdue University Honors College and Purdue’s Center for the Environment are hostingbiologist Dr. Alison Power on Monday, February 28th, for the fifth annual Aronson Family Science and Society Honors Lecture. Dr. Power is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University and a central figure in the field of disease ecology in plant communities.  

Power’s keynote presentation “Global Crop Diversity in Farming Communities” will address her recent work in Ethiopia where smallholder farmers adapt to climate variability. Power will explore how Ethiopian farmers have developed diverse crop varieties and systems that enable adaptation to changing conditions. Her research on diverse cropping systems is in collaboration with both US and Ethiopian universities. 

This year’s keynote will be on February 28th at 6pm in Honors Hall, located in the Honors College and Residences North building. The keynote lecture will be preceded by a panel discussion, “Feeding the Planet 2050,” to take place in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship at 3 pm. The event will bring together several Purdue faculty and Center for the Environment affiliates who, along with Dr. Powell, will discuss and debate the topic of food security, crop diversity and global food needs.  Prior to the keynote, there will also be a reception featuring “grab-and-go” locally sourced refreshments for attendees.