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R-MC to Host Visiting Phi Beta Kappa Scholar Oct. 30

Sep 01, 2017


Amy Cheng VollmerRandolph-Macon College's Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) will host a visiting scholar on October 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in SunTrust Theater, Brock Commons (304 Henry St.). Visiting Scholar Amy Cheng Vollmer will present "What Bacteria Can Teach Us About Stress Response."

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Amy Cheng Vollmer
Amy Cheng Vollmer is Isaac H. Clothier Jr. Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College, where she has helped to create initiatives to promote adult science literacy as well as to increase access to and success in STEM fields for a diverse student population. Her teaching includes microbiology, biotechnology, metabolism, and introductory biology; and her research focuses on the regulation of the response of bacteria to environmental stress.

Cheng Vollmer has authored works on basic bacterial genetics and physiology and on applied and environmental microbiology. Serving in numerous leadership capacities as a member of the American Society for Microbiology, she was the 2006 recipient of the ASM's Carski Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. She is past president of the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology.

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program
Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Society's Visiting Scholar Program has offered undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. The 15 men and women participating during 2017-2018 will visit 110 colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, spending two days on each campus and taking full part in the academic life of the institution. They will meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and give a lecture open to the university/college community and the general public.

Phi Beta Kappa at R-MC
In 2009, Randolph-Macon College's Zeta Chapter of Virginia was selected by the Phi Beta Kappa Senate to receive the Triennial award for the most outstanding chapter at a liberal arts college in the United States. The Chapter is supported through a generous endowment from Dr. John B. Werner '53 and his wife, Anita S. Werner.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 280 colleges and universities, and over 600,000 members. Phi Beta Kappa recognition was given to Randolph-Macon in 1923, and the college is one of only 10 percent of the colleges in the country so designated by this esteemed honorary society. Phi Beta Kappa’s Greek initials are ΦBK, which mean "Love of learning is the guide of life." The president of the Zeta Chapter of Virginia is R-MC Psychology Professor Susan Parker.