Saturday, June 18 at 4:00 pm

Second Annual William Selke Memorial Lecture

AllmonThe Stockbridge Library Association is pleased to announce Warren D. Allmon, Director of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, NY and the Hunter R. Rawlings III Professor of Paleontology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University, will deliver the second annual William Selke Memorial Lecture on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Allmon’s topic will be “How Paleontology Can Help Save the World.”

SelkeMartha Selke established the Annual William Selke Memorial Lecture with the Stockbridge Library in 2015 to honor the memory of her husband, who enjoyed a distinguished career in engineering research and development. William Selke received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT and earned a doctorate in engineering from Yale University. He was on the faculty of Columbia University and later worked for the Dupont Corporation, the Peter J. Schweitzer Corporation (a Lee-based company specializing in the manufacture of specialized technical papers), and Kimberly-Clark, as Vice President of the Corporate Science and Technology Group.

After his retirement, Selke returned to Stockbridge where he was actively engaged in civic life, serving on numerous Town boards and committees as well as the boards of the Stockbridge Library Association (as President), The Laurel Hill Association, The Old Corner House-Stockbridge Historical Society, and The Berkshire Museum. He was also an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

This year’s lecturer, Warren D. Allmon, earned his A.B. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University in 1988. For four years he was Assistant Professor of Geology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and became PRI’s fourth Director in 1992. Since 1992, he has been instrumental in rejuvenating PRI’s internationally-known fossil collections; starting its local, regional, and national programs in Earth science education; and in planning and fundraising for the Museum of the Earth, PRI’s $11 million education and exhibit facility which opened in September 2003. In November 2004, Allmon helped secure a formal agreement of affiliation between PRI and Cornell, ending more than 70 years of official separation.

Allmon’s major research interest is macroevolution and paleoecology, especially the ecology of the origin and maintenance of biological diversity and the application of the geological record to the study of these problems, particularly using Cenozoic marine gastropods (snails of the last 65 million years).

Allmon is the author of more than 250 technical and popular publications. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Paleontological Society, and the recipient of the 2004 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of Geoscience from the American Geological Institute.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the Stockbridge Library at (413) 298-5501 or visit

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