BETHANY, W.Va. – Dr. Joan Bennett, Tulane University Professor of Cell and Microbiology, will lecture on recent hurricanes that have affected the United States on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Commencement Hall on the Bethany College campus. The lecture is entitled, "Katrina Catastrophe." The public is encouraged to attend to hear a first-hand perspective on the recent natural disasters.

Bennett will also be available on Friday, Nov. 11, to speak with Bethany College students who may have further questions.

Bennett received her Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and history from Upsala College and her Masters of Science and Ph.D. in botany from the University of Chicago. She also received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Bethany College in May of 2005 where she served as the commencement speaker.

In 1971, Bennett joined the faculty of Tulane University where she was the first woman hired in a tenure track position in the biology department. During her years at Tulane, she has taught genetics, molecular genetics, human reproduction and bioethics.

She has received several awards including Mortarboard for Excellence in Teaching, Honors Professor of the Year and the Carski Teaching Award of the American Society of Microbiology. Bennett has also served as past president for the American Society for Microbiology, the Society for Industrial Microbiology and is currently Chair Elect of the Biology Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.