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The owl symbol of ancient Athens, GreeceThe University Studies Program’s Centripetals lecture series begins the spring semester with a presentation on "Community Waters: The Acequia Culture of the Southwest U.S.," by UT associate professor Joanne Logan, noon Thursday, Jan. 29, in the University Center Crest Room.

Logan will take the audience on a media tour, sharing her discovery and research on a connection to ancient irrigation in the form of the Acequia culture found in Mexican-American areas of the Southwest.

Currently, there are more than 1,000 Acequia associations across the upper Rio Grande region of New Mexico and southern Colorado, although they are facing an uphill battle to remain viable in an era of increasing pressure on limited water resources.

Logan is a professor in Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science.

Other programs for the Centripetals spring series include:

  • Paul Frymier, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, "Sustainability and Technology, Are they Compatible?," Wednesday, Feb. 18;
  • Lynne Parker, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, "Distributed Intelligence in Multi-Robot Teams," Wednesday, April 29.

Also check the University Studies Web site for additional information about speakers and their topics.

The luncheons, except for Jan. 29, will be held in the University Center Executive Dining Room starting at noon. The cost for lunch is $8, and is payable at the door. Please pay by check or with cash in the exact amount.

Reservations may be made online by clicking on the link for Centripetals, or by contacting Joan Murray in the Office of the University Studies Program at 974-8177. Cancellation of a reservation requires 72 hours’ notice.