March 20, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-The 44th Annual
Katherine Asher Engel Lecture will be presented by Philip Reid,
Louise C. Harrington Professor of Botany, Smith College, at 5
p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in Stoddard Auditorium. His talk,
"A Botanical Triptych," is free, open to the public
and wheelchair accessible.
Each year a Smith College faculty member who has made significant
contributions to his/her academic field is chosen from a list
of nominees to be the Katherine Asher Engel Lecturer. Past honorees
have included Newton Arvin, Thomas Mendenhall, Elliot Offner
and Helen Krich Chinoy.
Reid's longstanding research interest is on how growth-regulating
substances influence the development processes of plants. Some
of the growth regulants he studies are used in agriculture to
increase crop productivity. He collaborates with scientists at
the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of California-Riverside,
the University of Arizona and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment
Reid, who has been on the Smith faculty since 1971, graduated
with a B.S. in botany from Eastern Michigan University in 1962,
received an M.A. in botany from the University of Missouri-Columbia
in 1964 and earned his Ph.D. in botany from the University of
Massachusetts-Amherst in 1970.
The Engel Lecture is an endowed fund, established in 1958 by
the National Council of Jewish Women in memory of its onetime
president, Katherine Asher Engel, a 1920 graduate of Smith College.