Seafood scientist to speak at Nicholls women’s history events

Marilyn Kilgen Portrait 2012THIBODAUX — Dr. Marilyn Kilgen — Nicholls State University professor emeritus, nationally renowned microbiologist and seafood safety scientist — will be the featured speaker at the university’s 2013 Women’s History Luncheon and Awards Presentation on Thursday, March 21.

Kilgen, who retired in December after teaching biology at Nicholls for 41 years, is well known for her research in making raw oysters safer to eat and her leadership in creating a master’s program in marine and environmental biology at Nicholls. She served as biology department head for 12 years and guided the careers of countless alumni who are now physicians and other health care professionals. Kilgen will speak about women choosing scientific career paths.

The luncheon will begin at noon on March 21 in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union. Tickets are $16; call 985-448-4080 by noon on Wednesday, March 13 to reserve a seat. Before the luncheon, Kilgen will also speak at the Bonnie Bourg Lecture Series, a free public event, at 10:30 a.m. in Peltier Auditorium.

The Bonnie Bourg Lecture Series and Women’s History Luncheon are part of the 15th annual Jubilee: A Festival of the Arts and Humanities, which is held every spring on the Nicholls campus. For a full schedule of Jubilee events, visit