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Media Advisory 09-029

NSF Lectures Explore Timely Research in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Nobel Laureate Mario Molina of UCSD to address the science and policy of climate change on Nov. 3

Photo of Mario Molina of UCSD.

Mario Molina of UCSD will speak about climate change on Nov. 3, 2009.

October 28, 2009

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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. Upcoming talks listed below will help promote a national discussion of issues that scientists expect to shape their research in the coming years. The next one will be on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and will feature Nobel Laureate Mario Molina who will address climate change.

All lectures will be held at NSF, 4201 Wilson Blvd in Ballston, Va. (easily accessible from the Ballston Metro station). Visitors are welcome but must have a pass to gain access. Please contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski, or 703-292-8311, to register to attend.

Who: Mario Molina, Department of Chemistry, University of California, San Diego; Nobel laureate in chemistry
What: The Science and Policy of Climate Change
Where: NSF, Room 1235
When: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, 2 p.m.

Who: Paula Hammond, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
What: Constructing Functional Materials Nanolayer-by-Nanolayer: From Fuel Cells to Implantable Factories
Where: NSF, Room 375
When: Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, 2 p.m.

Who: Geraldine Richmond, Department of Chemistry, University of Oregon; Chair of COACh (Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists)
What: Potholes and Speedbumps on the Road to Diversity: COACh Efforts to Smooth the Ride
Where: NSF, Room 375
When: Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, 2 p.m.

Who: Richard Muller, Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
What: Physics for Future Presidents and Other World Leaders
Where: NSF, Room 375
When: Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, 2 p.m.

Who: John Mather, NASA Goddard Space Center; Nobel laureate in Physics
What: James Webb Space Telescope: From First Stars to Planets
Where: NSF, Room 375
When: Monday, April 19, 2010, 2 p.m.

Who: Simon Levin, Department of Ecology and Biology, Princeton University
What: The Challenge of Sustainability
Where: NSF, Room 375
When: Monday, May 17, 2 p.m

Who: Joshua Aronson, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University
What: Stereotypes and the Nurture of Intelligence
Where: NSF, Room 375
When: June 21, 2010, 2 p.m.

About the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences

The Math and Physical Sciences Directorate comprises the divisions of Astronomical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities. These divisions provide the basic structure for support of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education. The scope of scientific and educational activity supported is enormous, ranging from phenomena at cosmological distances, to environmental science on the human scale, through quantum mechanical processes in atomic and subatomic physics, to phenomena of the unimaginably small. Researchers explore abstract ideas, concepts, and structures of mathematics as well as more tangible "stuff" that includes the materials used in our everyday lives. Their tools range from desktop instruments to synchrotron light sources, accelerators, radio and optical telescopes and high magnetic fields. The rapid development of computational and communications capabilities also is leading to the development of a new set of tools that enable new a new kind of science--cyberscience.


Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, email:

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

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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