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Apr. 03, 1998

Fifth Carver scholar visits this month

by Anne Dolan

Walter Massey, a physicist, former National Science Foundation director and current president of Morehouse College, Atlanta, will visit campus April 16-17 as the fifth George Washington Carver visiting scholar.

His visit includes a public lecture, a presentation hosted by the physics department, a reception at the Black Cultural Center and several meals with invited faculty and administrators.

Massey has served as president of Morehouse College since 1995. Morehouse is the country's only historically black, all-male, four-year liberal arts school. Previously, Massey was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of California system, Oakland, and director of the National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C. He served as vice president for research and for Argonne National Laboratory (U.S. Department of Energy) at the University of Chicago (1984-1991), and director of the Argonne lab (1979 to 1984).

Massey also was on the physics faculty at the University of Chicago; Brown University, Providence, R.I.; University of Illinois, Urbana; and Morehouse College.

He earned a B.S. in physics and math from Morehouse in 1958, and master's and Ph.D. degrees in physics in 1966 from Washington University of St. Louis.

Massey's research has focused on quantum liquids and solids. He also has written on science and math education, the university-industry relationship and tech transfer on an international level.

Massey's public lecture is titled "Increasing Participation of Minorities in Science and Technology Fields." It will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

His talk in the physics department will address the future of research universities. It will begin at 1:15 p.m. Friday, April 17, in 301B Spedding and will be followed by a reception in 305 Spedding.

Massey also will attend a reception honoring him and ISU's George Washington Carver student scholars from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Black Cultural Center, 517 Welch Ave.

Iowa State officials created the Carver visiting scholar program in 1993 to bring professors from under-represented groups to campus. The program is funded through a $500,000 endowment.

Questions about Massey's visit may be directed to Dan Robinson, educational leadership and policy studies, 4-8182, who coordinates the Carver visiting scholar schedules.

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