For Immediate Release — Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

Cornell University scientist and peace expert to deliver annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture Feb. 2 at SUNY Geneseo

GENESEO, N.Y. — Judith V. Reppy, a professor of science and technology and associate director of the Peace Studies Program at Cornell University, will deliver the State University of New York at Geneseo's annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, in Room 204 in Newton Hall. The talk, titled "Bioterrorism in a Historical Perspective," is free and open to the public.

Reppy has been a visiting fellow at Science & Technology Studies at Manchester University, the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University and the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of directors of the Federation of American Scientists and the advisory board of Women in International Security.

In 2002-03, she served on the National Academy of Sciences' committee on research standards and practices to prevent the destructive application of biotechnology. From 1995 to 2000, she was co-chair of the U.S. Pugwash Conferences on science and international affairs.

Reppy is the co-editor and contributing author of "The Genesis of New Weapons: Decision Making for Military R&D," "The Relations Between Defence and Civil Technologies," "Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discrimination in Military Culture," and "Secrecy and Knowledge Production." Her current research interests include responses to the risk of bioterrorism and issues surrounding the public understanding of science.

Reppy received her bachelor of arts from Mount Holyoke College, her master of arts from Yale University and her Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.

In 2004, Geneseo became the first non-doctoral undergraduate institution within SUNY to house a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The college is one of only 270 colleges and universities in the nation to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the nation's best known and most significant honor society.