The J. Mark Sowers Distinguished Lecture Series in the College of Science at Virginia Tech returns for the 2018-2019 academic year, enabling the college to host a forum to exchange new and innovative ideas in scientific fields. Generously supported by J. Mark Sowers, this series provides opportunities for the university community and general public to interact with and learn from eminent scholars and industry experts with experience in academia, science, business, government, and medicine, among other fields. Sowers is a Richmond, Virginia-based businessman and developer and longtime supporter of the College of Science, who is fascinated with the sciences, in particular, physical science. 

All talks are free and open to the public.

Patricia Kuhl

Early Language Acquisition and the Social Brain: An Inflection Point in the Brain’s Human Language Network

Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning

Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences and Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

University of Washington


7:30 PM
McBryde 100

Patricia Kuhl

For more information:

Contact Katie Lafon, Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Science | 540-231-8706

Upcoming Lectures


Prof. Colin Camerer
Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Finance and Economics
California Institute of Technology
7:30 pm


Prof. Gerard 't Hooft
Utretcht University
7:30 pm


Prof. Geraldine Richmond
Presidential Chair in Science
Department of Chemistry
University of Oregon
7:30 pm

Past lectures with the Sowers series