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Media Advisory 13-017

2013-2014 NSF Distinguished Lectures in Mathematical and Physical Sciences

December 4, 2013

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The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences invites media and members of the public to a series of lectures that will help promote a national discussion of issues that scientists expect to shape their research in the coming years.

Where: National Science Foundation, Room 110, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230 (Ballston Metro stop)
Enter at "North Entrance," at the corner of 9th & Stuart Streets. For directions, see the Visit NSF webpage.

When: 2 to 3 p.m.

Who: Speakers include:

Monday, Dec. 16--Science at the Timescale of the Electron: Ultrafast Lasers and Applications to Nano- and Materials Research, Margaret Murnane, University of Colorado

Monday, Jan. 13--Theoretical Physics and the Phenomena of Life: How Much Can We Calculate? William Bialek, Princeton University

Monday, Feb. 24--Supernovae Reveal an Accelerating Universe, Nobel Laureate Adam Riess, Johns Hopkins University

Monday, March 24--Are We Failing to Serve Students with Disabilities in STEM? Karl Booksh, University of Delaware

Monday, April 14--Leveraging Machine Learning and Stream Processors for Computational Chemistry, Todd Martinez, Stanford University

Monday, May 19--The Mathematics of Moving Interfaces: From Industrial Printers to Semiconductors to Medical Imaging to Soap Bubbles, James Sethian, University of California, Berkeley

Wednesday, June 23--Extreme Biomimetics, Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University


Media Contacts
Ivy F. Kupec, NSF, (703) 292-8796, email:

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

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