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Grossmont College hosts bestselling author Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

Posted on: Apr 16, 2015 1:00:00 AM
In: Grossmont
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Contact: Lorena Ruggero,, 619-644-7840

New York Times-bestselling author Dr. Wallace J. Nichols will speak at Grossmont College on Thursday, April 16, as part of the campus’s ongoing One Theme, One Campus project on the theme of water.

Nichols, a biologist and researcher, is the author of “Blue Mind: The Surprising Science that Shows How Being Near, In, On, Or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.” His presentation will share the many ways in which water positively impacts not only our bodies, but also our minds.

The event takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Griffin Gate. A book signing immediately follows the free lecture that is open to the community.

“Certainly the book is intriguing and has wide appeal, but Dr. Nichols is also able to combine all of those areas of interest to the liberal arts to science,” said Zoe Close, a Philosophy and Religious Studies instructor who was instrumental in organizing the April 16 event. “It promises to be an informative talk that fits in well with the One Theme, One Campus theme of water.”

The One Theme, One Campus project examines a connective subject and allows faculty to integrate the theme into their lesson plans, providing an interdisciplinary view of the topic. Students and instructors have the option of selecting material of interest to them that invokes the subject of water in ways specific or general.

Other 'One Theme, One Campus’ events have included 'Follow the Water!’ – a presentation by biologist Craig Milgrim and astronomer Dr. Philip Blanco that look at the importance of water in evolution and supporting life and whether other planets could support life; and 'Pluto, Ceres, and the Origin of Earth’s Precious Water’ – a presentation by astronomer David Coleman focusing on what visits by spacecraft to Pluto and Ceres can tell us about the creation of our solar system and the origin of Earth’s water.

Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon.

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