The Farrand Memorial Lecture honors the memory of Dr. William R. Farrand, who served as Director of the U-M Exhibit Museum of Natural History for seven years (July 1993-June 2000), as well as his long career as a professor in the U-M Department of Geological Sciences. Past lectures have covered topics such as U-M collections, astronomy, biodiversity, evolution, and climate change.

Past Farrand Lectures

COVID-19 Vaccines: Science Close to Home

William R. Farrand Memorial Lecture
Recorded February 13, 2021

A panel discussion about the science behind COVID-19 vaccines, their likelihood to protect against the more contagious COVID-19 variants, the reasons behind vaccine “hesitancy,” and Michigan Medicine's efforts to build trust with people who are wary of vaccination.

  • Moderator: Charles Wilson, MSW, Community Health Promotion Supervisor, Washtenaw County Health Department
  • Emily T. Martin, Ph.D., molecular epidemiologist and associate professor,  University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Nina Masters, Ph.D., recently completed a doctoral degree in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan
  • T. Anthony Denton, J.D., M.H.A., Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Michigan Medicine

Lake Sturgeon: Past, Present, and Future of an Ancient Fish

William R. Farrand Memorial Lecture
Recorded on February 27, 2020

Sturgeon are ancient fishes, tracing their lineage back more than 100 million years. In the Great Lakes system, lake sturgeon are not only the largest indigenous freshwater fishes, they are also important players in complex aquatic food webs. Their remarkable past has given way to a tenuous future as overfishing, habitat loss, and pollution threaten their survival. Today, there is hope in efforts to restore lake sturgeon populations and spawning grounds. 

  • Matt Friedman, Director, U-M Museum of Paleontology and Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Science
  • Karen Alofs, Assistant Professor, U-M School for Environment and Sustainability
  • Doug Craven, Director, Natural Resources Department, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians