September 1, 2009

Purdue alumna, "Tech Nation" host to speak at Purdue

Moira Gunn
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Purdue University alumna Moira Gunn, host of NPR's "Tech Nation" and "BioTech Nation," will be the seventh speaker in the Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series on Sept. 14.

Gunn's talk, titled "The Future of Information," will focus on how technology is impacting personal interactions, work, education, the media and global strategies. She argues that emerging global information systems are turning the planet into one big network. The 7 p.m. event in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall is free and open to the public.

After her speech, Gunn will take part in a sale and signing of her 2007 book "Welcome to Biotech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas."

Gunn is a former NASA scientist and engineer. She is program director for information systems programs at the University of San Francisco. She was the first woman to earn a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue, where she also earned a master's degree in computer science. She received an honorary doctorate in 2009. In 2006 she envisioned and brought to Purdue the Science Journalism Laureates program.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the colleges of Engineering and Science. Past speakers include author Amy Tan and presidential historian Michael Beschloss. A complete list of past lectures is available at

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