Delta Murphy Lecture Series

Named in memory of a USC alumna and former Whittier, CA, mayor, the Delta Murphy Lecture Series addresses socially connected issues in the worlds of environmental science and sustainability. Delta Murphy was a passionate and dedicated supporter of the environment, serving as a chairwoman of the Wrigley Institute and leading the creation of a sustainable development plan for Santa Catalina Island.

2024 Delta Murphy Lecture

More information to be announced in Fall 2024. 


2023 Delta Murphy Lecture (Cancelled)

Named “the most impactful and important journalist” of 2020 by Poynter, Ed Yong is a staff science writer for The Atlantic. He was awarded journalism’s top honor, the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, for his coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. His bestselling books include I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us, a groundbreaking examination of the relationship between animals and microbes, and An Immense World, a comprehensive look at the fascinating sensory world of animals.

2021 Delta Murphy Lecture

“Women, Science, and the Road to Inclusive Leadership”

The 2021 Delta Murphy Lecture, held virtually, brought together a distinguished panel of women scientists to discuss their experiences as researchers and leaders. Dr. Carly Kenkel, a USC Biological Sciences professor, moderated the discussion. Panelists included:

  • Dr. Rita Colwell, microbiologist and founder of CosmosID, a bioinformatics company
  • Dr. Hope Jahren, geochemist and geobiologist with the University of Oslo (Norway) and author of the bestselling memoir Lab Girl
  • Dr. Dawn Wright, geographer and oceanographer and chief scientist at Esri, the leading producer of GIS mapping software

Watch the full event below!