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Associate Professor of Physics Aileen O'Donoghue will give the Mary L. Fellin Lecture at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, on October 3, on the topic "Seeking Understanding in an Expanding Universe."

A press release from Benedictine states, "Benedictine College is honored to host O’Donoghue for the eighth Mary L. Fellin Lecture.

"English professor Sr. Thomasita Homan, O.S.B., described the annual event as a 'gift to the students, faculty and staff of the college that they would not be able to receive or experience elsewhere.'

"O’Donoghue is...a visiting scientist with the Vatican Observatory Research Group and a visiting associate professor of astronomy at Cornell University. She is also an oblate of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in Abiquiu, N.M., and a lay minister in the Diocese of Ogdensburg, N.Y.

"She will present on her united spiritual and scientific seeking in her drive to understand the universe.

"This will be the eighth lecture in the series named for Mary L. Fellin, the aunt of Benedictine College alumni Phillip Alexander Fellin, Class of 1953, and Dr. Jo Ann Fellin, O.S.B., Class of 1955, a recently retired Benedictine College professor.

"The choice of speakers is a community decision made by the Sisters of Mount St. Scholsatica Monastery with Benedictine College students, faculty and staff and community members in mind. Lecturers are chosen from a variety of personal backgrounds, fields of study, religions and ideals. Each year, the sisters take careful preparation in choosing a speaker they feel would make an impact on all those in attendance, Sr. Homan said."

Posted: September 23, 2004