Arthur Whiteley Lecture Series - San Juan Island
This is a stunning series of science and cultural lectures. Formerly the Winter Lecture Series, this
popular series is now presented year-round and is free to the public due to the generosity of sponsors.
The Nature Institute Board resolved to name the series for Dr. Arthur Whiteley who has arranged the lecture series
for a decade. Our gratitude goes to Dr. Whiteley for his thoughtful recruitment of fellow scientists who
address issues of interest and concern for our island communities.
2014 Arthur Whiteley Lecture Series - San Juan Island
All Lectures begin at 7:00pm - Friday Harbor Labs Commons
All are welcome to attend free of charge, though donations will be gratefully received
Refreshments will be served after the lecture
January 30, 2014
Sharing the Skies – A Cross Cultural View
Nancy and her co-presenters will share Native American and Western interpretations of the
constellations. In Navajo culture, sharing stories of the Night Sky is a winter activity, a
time of sharing and reflection when animals are hibernating and plants preparing for spring.
A recent book with the same title will be available for sale.
Nancy C. Maryboy, Ph.D. is the President and Founder of the Indigenous Education Institute,
a non-profit organization with a mission of preserving, protecting and applying indigenous
knowledge. She is also President of Wohali Productions, Inc., consulting in areas of indigenous
science, indigenous astronomy, Native American education, curriculum development, film making
and strategic planning.
She is currently working to develop native astronomy educational materials with the World
Hope Foundation and the Sun/Earth Connection of NASA. She is adjunct professor in the Department
of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University, where she is developing an Internet
based course of Native American Astronomy. She is a core member of the Native American Academy,
working at the boundaries of traditional indigenous and western science.
Dr. Nancy Maryboy
Dr. Laura Peticolas
February 13, 2014
Dog Days, Raven Nights
Twenty years ago, fresh out of graduate school and recently married, John and Colleen Marzluff
left Arizona for a small cabin in the mountains of western Maine. Their mission: to conduct the
first-ever extensive study of the winter ecology of the Common Raven under the tutelage of
biologist Bernd Heinrich. In their book, they eloquently chronicle their three-year endeavor to
research a mysterious and often misunderstood bird. They also shared the unique challenges and
joys of raising, training, and racing the sled dogs that assisted them in their work. Accompanied
by Evon Zerbetz’s lovely linocut illustrations, Dog Days, Raven Nights is a fascinating,
behind-the-scenes look at the adventures of field science and an insightful exploration of the
nature of relationships, both animal and human.
John M. Marzluff is a scientist known for his work on the ecology and behavioral biology of
jays, crows, ravens, and their relatives. He is professor of wildlife science, College of the
Environment, University of Washington, and the author of four books, including In the Company
of Crows and Ravens (coauthored with Tony Angell), and Dog Days, Raven Nights
(coauthored with his wife Colleen Marzluff).
Colleen Marzluff trained in wildlife biology, worked as a research technician, and is an
expert in the raising and training of sled dogs and herding dogs.
February 20, 2014
Active Underwater Volcanoes and Hot Springs off the WA-OR Coast
Dr. Kelley will talk about her research on active underwater volcanoes and contrast them with
the Lost City hydrothermal field on the mid Atlantic Ridge. She will include information about
the underwater cabled observatory being established on top of one of the volcanoes. This will
allow anyone connected to the internet access to real time high definition images of the
Deborah Kelley, Associate Professor University of Washington, is a marine geologist interested
in understanding how submarine volcanoes and rock alteration processes support life in the
absence of oxygen.
February 2, 2014
The Higgs Boson, an unstable, electrically neutral particle, was predicted by Peter Higgs
in 1964. It took technology half a century to develop sophisticated, and expensive, colliders
that would enable physicists to detect what Higgs had predicted. In 2012 a previously unknown
particle was detected and by March of 2013, its properties were shown to be those of the
predicted boson. Higgs and Francois Englert were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their
Stephen Ellis has a distinguished career and has been a member of the faculty at
UW Physics since 1975. He has more than 100 papers.
Stephen D. Ellis