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Jonah Lehrer, called “an important new thinker” by the Los Angeles Times, will speak to Willamette's Class of 2014 during orientation.Jonah Lehrer, called “an important new thinker” by the Los Angeles Times, will speak to Willamette's Class of 2014 during orientation.

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Notable science journalist to speak at freshman convocation

Willamette University's Class of 2014 will start their college journey with advice from a notable source: science journalist Jonah Lehrer, who has been called "an important new thinker" by the Los Angeles Times and "a popular science prodigy" by The New York Times.

Lehrer will address Willamette's new students and their families at the Opening Convocation during the Opening Days orientation. His topic: "Thinking about Thinking, or What I Wish I'd Known as a College Freshman."

Lehrer, 27, is a contributing editor at Wired magazine, Scientific American Mind and National Public Radio's Radiolab. He has also written for The New Yorker, Nature, Seed, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.

He is the author of two critically acclaimed books, "Proust Was a Neuroscientist" and "How We Decide." His next book, "Imagine: The Science of Creativity," teaches readers to take advantage of the innovative brain through real-life examples and studies. It will be released in fall 2011.

Lehrer graduated from Columbia University with a double major in English and neuroscience and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Learn more about him on his website: www.jonahlehrer.com.

Willamette's new undergraduate students arrive on campus Aug. 26 for a five-day orientation. Undergraduate classes begin Aug. 31.

Note: This event is only open to Willamette students, faculty and staff.


08-13-2010