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.

Plans for the next Delta Murphy Lecture are currently in progress. We will update this page as details become available.

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!