Dr. Robert Austin, a well-known biological physicist from Princeton University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences delivered the first Neff Lecture on April 23rd. Some financial support for the first Neff lecture comes from the Center of Origins as the subject matter of Dr. Austin's talk fits the activities of the center: http://www.phys.ksu.edu/news/Colloquia/2007/spring/abstracts/austin-neff.html
(See Austin Research Group at: http://www.physics.princeton.edu/~austin/ for more information.
Dr. Neff, a well-known surgeon and K-state alumnus, established the James R. Neff Lectureship in Physics to "honor Everett and Florine Neff, parents of James R. Neff, and Janice K. Neff Standish (sister). It is further intended to represent Dr. Neff’s gratitude for the opportunities and education that he received at Kansas State University and to verbally acknowledge Florine and Everett Neff as benefactors of the institution of higher learning". http://www.phys.ksu.edu/alumni/neff-lecture.html
Dr. Neff was a top-notch researcher and educator. His contribution to research and education can be found at: