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Media Advisory 05-018

From Black Holes to Art History: 2005-2006 NSF Lectures Explore the Physical Sciences

September 20, 2005

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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.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. 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. Visitors must have a pass; contact NSF media officer below.


October 4, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Inside Black Holes: a Space-Time Traveler's Guide to the Universe
Prof. Igor Novikov (University of Copenhagen)

October 17, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Fermi Condensates
Prof. Deborah Jin (Department of Physics, JILA and University of Colorado)

November 21, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
The Accelerating Expansion of the Universe: Why You Should Worry
Prof. Christopher Stubbs (Department of Physics, Harvard)

December 19, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Fuel Cells: Powering Progress in the 21st Century
Prof. Sossina Haile (Departments of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Caltech)

January 23, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Why Decisions and Elections Can Be so Difficult
Prof. Donald Saari (Departments of Mathematics and Economics, University of California, Irvine)

February 27, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Chemical Analysis on the Fly: Portable Mass Spectrometers for the Rapid Detection of Explosives/Drugs and Tissue Imaging
Prof. Graham Cooks (Department of Chemistry, Purdue University)

March 20, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
Sustainability and Globalization
Dr. Stephanie Burns (President and CEO, Dow Corning Corporation)

April 24, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
The Path Forward: Title IX as a Change Strategy for Women in Science and Engineering
Dr. Debra Rolison (Naval Research Laboratory)

May 22, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
The Science of Optics, the History of Art
Prof. Charles Falco (College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona)

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

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