Professor David Eagleman
The Randolph-Macon College Department of Psychology
will present the second annual Mike McKay Lecture on the Mind on Tuesday, March
1, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public,
will take place in The Copley Science Center, Room 100.
Professor David Eagleman will present “Neuroscience and the Law.” Eagleman is the
director of Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law, which
studies how new discoveries in neuroscience should navigate the way we make laws,
punish criminals and develop rehabilitation. The project brings together a unique
collaboration of neurobiologists, legal scholars, and policy makers, with the goal
of building modern, evidence-based policy.
Eagleman also serves as a faculty affiliate at the Criminal Justice Institute at
the University of Houston Law Center, and as adjunct faculty at Rice University.
In addition to his legal work, he is the author of several books, including Sum:
Forty Tales from the Afterlives and Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the
Brain of Synesthesia, co-written by Richard E. Cytowic.
The lecture series is named in honor of the late Professor Mike McKay, a beloved
Randolph-Macon College psychology professor who died in an automobile accident in
December 2007. The series is supported by a fund that was established shortly after
Professor McKay’s death.
“The Psychology Department looks forward to honoring Dr. McKay with this relevant
lecture about mental processes in the context of various legal issues,” says Kelly
Lambert, the Macon and Joan Brock Professor of Psychology at Randolph-Macon College.
“Mike was a valued colleague and a wonderful teacher. Although he was only here
for a short time, his academic spirit remains in our halls, and I’m confident he
would have been excited about Dr. Eagleman’s visit.”
Those interested in contributing to The Mike McKay Lecture on the Mind series should
contact R-MC’s Executive Director of Development, Myra Legg, at (804) 752-8502 or