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Media Advisory 06-026

2006-2007 NSF Distinguished Lectures in Mathematical and Physical Sciences

October 13, 2006

This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

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 (MPS). 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 and visitors must have a pass to gain access.  Please contact Josh Chamot, media officer for MPS, at (703) 292-7730, or to register to attend.

Where:        Room 375
                    National Science Foundation

                    4201 Wilson Blvd.
                    Arlington, VA 22230 (Ballston Metro stop)
                    Enter at corner of 9th & Stuart Streets.

                    For directions, see:

When:         2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Who:           Listing of speakers follows below

Monday, Oct. 16 

Recent Progress in Number Theory, Barry Mazur, Harvard University (Note: room change to 1235)

Monday, Nov. 20

Power Sources for Medical Devices: Analysis of Lithium/Silver Vanadium Oxide Cells, Esther Takeuchi, Vice-President, R&D, Wilson Greatbatch Technologies

Monday, Dec. 18

Bringing Hearing to the Deaf: A Physicist’s Technical and Personal Perspective, Ian Shipsey, Purdue University

Monday, Jan. 22

Dark Energy, or Worse:  Was Einstein Wrong?, Sean Carroll, Caltech

Monday, Feb. 26

Fossils from the First Supernovae: The Birth of Heavy Elements in a Young Milky Way, Chris Sneden, University of Texas, Austin

Monday, March 19       

Future Electronics and Energy Technologies by Harnessing More Than 500 Million Years of Experience, Angela Belcher, MIT

Monday, April 23          

Innovation and Energy Security: A Leadership Odyssey, Shirley Ann Jackson, President, RPI


Media Contacts
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730, email:

Program Contacts
Andrew J. Lovinger, NSF, (703) 292-4933, email:

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