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Anne E. Simon, accomplished scientist and scientific consultant for the acclaimed Fox TV series The X-Files, will deliver the keynote talk of Women’s History Month at Lafayette College at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the auditorium of Kunkel Hall.

Simon will speak on “The Truth is in Here: The Real Science Behind the X-Files.” There will also be an informal conversational hour with Simon at 4 p.m. in the Limburg Theater of the Farinon College Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

An eminent plant virologist, Simon has been a scientific consultant for The X-Files since 1994. The popular show centers on the activities of two federal agents who investigate the paranormal. In particular, Simon’s research informs the character of Special Agent Dana Scully, who insists on maintaining scientific objectivity. Simon reviews scripts by fax, offering pro bono consulting services in the interest of accurate science on TV.

Simon, who was profiled last February in People magazine for her work on the show, is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts. She is a recipient of a National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellowship and a member of numerous professional societies including the American Society for Virology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Lafayette’s Women’s History Month programs are sponsored by the Women’s Studies program, the American Studies program, the Association of Lafayette Women, the Association of Black Collegians, the office of student residence, the office of multicultural affairs, Phi Beta Phi, the Arts Society, and the departments of art, biology, English, psychology, and religion.

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