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Media Advisory 07-025

Nanowires, Digital Evolution and the Dark Side of the Universe

NSF lectures explore the physical sciences

August 30, 2007

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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.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 and visitors must have a pass to gain access. Please contact Diane Banegas, media officer for the Math and Physical Sciences Directorate, at (703) 292-4489, or to register to attend.

Unless noted, all lectures will take place from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at NSF, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va., Room 375. NSF is located at the corner of 9th and Stuart Streets and is accessible from the Ballston Metro station.

September 17, 2007

Mathematics and Cardiology: Partners for the Future

Suncica Canic (Professor of Mathematics, University of Houston)

October 22, 2007 (NOTE: 1 p.m.)

Nanowire Building Blocks for Photonics and Energy Conversion

Peidong Yang (Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley)

November 19, 2007

Perspectives in Mathematical Physics

Andrei Okounkov (Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University)

December 17, 2007

Fossils from the First Supernovae: The Birth of Heavy Elements in a Young Milky Way

Chris Sneden (Professor of Astronomy, University of Texas, Austin)

February 19, 2008

The Digital Evolution and International Competitiveness

Craig Barrett (Chairman of the Board, Intel; Chair, National Academy of Engineering)

March 17, 2008

NOVA: Science Television for the Public

Paula Apsell (Senior Executive Producer, NOVA; Science Director, WGBH Public TV)

April 21, 2008

New Light on the Dark Side of the Universe

Elena Aprile (Professor of Physics, Columbia University)

May 19, 2008

Measurements of the Expanding Universe

Wendy Freedman (Director, Carnegie Observatories)

Date to be Determined

The Molecular Basis of Eucaryotic Transcription (How DNA is transcribed to RNA)

Roger Kornberg, (Professor of Structural Biology, Stanford University; 2006 Nobel Prize Winner)


Media Contacts
Diane E. Banegas, NSF, (703) 292-8070, email:

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

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