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From quantum to cosmos: NSF lectures explore the physical sciences

National Science Foundation

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.

Monday, September 22, 2003, 2:00 p.m., Room 1235
"Providing Opportunities and Choices to Members of Underrepresented Groups in Graduate Science Education"
Howard Adams (H. G. Adams & Associates, Inc.; formerly Executive Director of National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science)

Monday, October 20, 2003, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
"Cosmic Inflation and the Accelerating Universe"
Alan Guth (MIT)

Monday, November 17, 2003, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
"Network Tomography"
Bin Yu (UC Berkeley)

Monday, December 15, 2003, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
"Drugs, Bugs, and Bats: Olefin Metathesis Catalysts and Their Applications"
Robert H. Grubbs (Caltech)

Monday, January 12, 2004, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
"Sync: the Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order"
Steven Strogatz (Cornell)

Monday, February 23, 2004, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
"Molecules and Electronics: Do They Jibe?"
Horst Stormer (Columbia, Nobel laureate)

Monday, March 15, 2004, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
"Biomolecules from a Physicist's Point of View"
Steven Chu (Stanford, Nobel laureate)

Monday, April 19, 2004, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
"Do General-Relativity Principles Imply Experimentally Testable Changes in Quantum Mechanics?"
Sir Roger Penrose (Oxford)

Monday, May 17, 2004, 2:00 p.m., Room 375
"When Galaxies Collide"
Margaret Geller (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)

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For more information contact:
M. Mitchell Waldrop 703-292-7752, mwaldrop@nsf.gov (media) Andrew Lovinger 703-292-4933, alovinge@nsf.gov (others)

For directions to NSF see: http://www.nsf.gov/home/visit/visitjump.htm

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