Class of 2023 Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society

Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society

NORTH CAROLINA State University
Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 6 p.m.

Nalini Nadkarni

Tapestry Thinking: Weaving Diverse Communities to Understand and Protect Nature

Nalini Nadkarni

Nalini Nadkarni is a science activist whose career studying trees has cultivated a passion for educating others about the importance of nature. Her publications have focused on canopy and ecology, science in correctional facilities, and science and religion. Nadkarni is the co-creator of the Sustainability in Prisons Program in Washington state and the creator of the Initiative to bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated (INSPIRE). She holds a B.S. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She currently serves as a professor of biology at the University of Utah. Read more »

This event is supported by the Park Scholarships program, the University Honors and Scholars Programs, and NC State University Libraries.


Welcome | Daniel Hutchison-Kausch, Park Scholar, Class of 2023

Introduction | Annie Kate Watson, Park Scholar, Class of 2023

Lecture | Nalini Nadkarni, “Tapestry Thinking:  Weaving Diverse Communities to Understand and Protect Nature”

Audience Q & A

Closing Remarks | Sarah Jarrell, Park Scholar, Class of 2023

Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture on Science and Society

The Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture on Science and Society was established by its namesake’s former students, associates, and friends in honor of Dr. Elkan’s 40-year career as a microbiology professor in NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This lectureship supports an annual talk at NC State by a prominent thought leader. Make a gift to support the Elkan Lecture endowment »

Dr. Elkan has been deeply involved with the Park Scholarships program since its inception in 1997. He worked closely with the Park Scholars of the Class of 2023 to select Nadkarni as the fourth Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society speaker. Past recipients of the lectureship include water quality engineer Dr. Marc Edward, renowned health policy expert Dr. Nicole Lurie, and award-winning author Thomas Hager.

The next Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society will take place on Nov. 7, 2022, and feature Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender, and the law.

Park Scholarships Class of 2023 Distinguished Speakers Committee
Cailin Harrington
Cailin Harrington ’23, Chair
Ritika Shamdasani
Ritika Shamdasani ’23
Daniel Hutchinson-Kausch
Daniel Hutchison-Kausch ’23
Ethan Shumate
Ethan Shumate ’23
Sarah Jarrell
Sarah Jarrell ’23
Beckett Stillman
Beckett Stillman ’23
Nicolas Muecke
Nicolas Muecke ’23
Annie Kate Watson
Annie Kate Watson ’23
The Park Scholarships Program

The mission of the Park Scholarships program is to bring exceptional students to NC State, based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The program develops and supports Park Scholars in these areas, preparing them for lifelong contributions to the university, state, nation, and world.

Approximately 41 scholarships will be awarded this year to outstanding entering freshmen for undergraduate study in any discipline at NC State. To date, 22 classes of Park Scholars have graduated and have built a vibrant alumni network. For more details about the program and recent accomplishments of Park Scholars and alumni, review the program’s annual report.