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2012 Fall Lyle Lanier Lecture


Dr. Stephen J. Suomi will be the featured speaker for the Department of Psychology’s Lanier Lecture on Thursday, September 20, 2012, 8:00 p.m., Lincoln Hall Theater. Dr. Suomi is Chief of the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. His present research at the NICHD focuses on three general issues: 1) the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in shaping individual developmental trajectories; 2) the issue of continuity versus change and the relative stability of individual differences at multiple levels of analysis throughout development; and 3) the degree to which findings from monkeys studied in captivity generalize not only to monkeys living in the wild but also to humans living in different cultures.

The Lanier Lecture is supported by a fund established by L. Gene and Catherine Lemon and Lyle Lanier, Jr., in memory of Catherine and Lyle’s father, Lyle Lanier, former Head of the Department of Psychology (1951-1959); Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Provost of the Urbana campus. The Lanier Lecture brings a distinguished psychologist to campus whose work is of interest to the general campus community.