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ADA, Okla. – Dr. Saba Tahmassebi will be delivering the Watkins lecture on Thursday, Oct. 5. The lecture will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the East Central University Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Tahmassebi was named the Director of Kerr Lab in July, 2023, after working over 30 years at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. He has been supportive of the quadrilateral relationship between ECU, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Chickasaw Nation and the City of Ada.

The Watkins Lecture was created by Lou Watkins, chair of ECU’s Political Science Department from 1980 to 1991, and wife of former U.S. Representative Wes Watkins. She is also a Distinguished Former Faculty award winner. 

The purpose of the lectureship is to bring recognized authorities to ECU to address subjects of public interest at the local, state or national level.

For more information or to RSVP, please email ECU professor Dr. Christine Pappas at

Dr. Tahmassebi is replacing U.S. Congressman Tom Cole who was originally scheduled to deliver the lecture. 

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