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Media Advisory 04-27

From Quantum to Cosmos: 2004-5 NSF Lectures Explore the Physical Sciences

September 9, 2004

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites media and members of the public to a series of lectures sponsored by the directorate for mathematical and physical sciences. The talks will help promote a national discussion of issues that scientists expect to shape their research in the coming years.

All lectures will be held at NSF, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.

September 21, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Storytelling in Science: Honesty, Imagination and Ethics
Roald Hoffmann (Professor of Chemistry, Cornell; Nobel laureate)

October 18, 2:00 p.m., room 1235
Big Bang in the Laboratory? A Droplet of Quark Gluon Plasma
Barbara Jacak (Professor of Physics, SUNY Stony Brook)

November 15, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Hyperbolic Geometry and Robotics
Robert Ghrist (Professor of Mathematics, U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

December 6, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Understanding the Columbia Shuttle Accident
Douglas Osheroff (Professor of Physics, Stanford; Nobel laureate)

December 13, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Energy for the 21st Century : A Grand Challenge for the Physical Sciences
Daniel Nocera (Professor of Chemistry, MIT)

January 24, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
How Things Work: Teaching Physics in the Context of Everyday Objects
Louis Bloomfield (Professor of Physics, U. Virginia)

February 28, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
What's New in Nanoscale Structures: Fluctuations and Entropy
Ellen Williams (Professor of Physics, U. Maryland)

March 21, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Inside the President's Moon-to-Mars Space Commission
Neil Tyson (Director, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum Of Natural History)

April 18, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Biomaterials for Human Repair
Samuel Stupp (Professor of Materials Science, Northwestern)

May 16, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Wavelets (exact title to be finalized)
Ingrid Daubechies (Professor of Mathematics, Princeton)


Media Contacts
M. Mitchell Waldrop, NSF, (703) 292-7752, email:

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