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Media Advisory 14-017

2014-2015 NSF distinguished lectures in mathematical and physical sciences

Illustration of a minimal surface from a mathematical optimization problem.

Illustration of a minimal surface from a mathematical optimization problem.

September 15, 2014

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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:

Tuesday, Sept. 30--Science and University Development in China: Some Personal Observations, Tony Chan, President, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Due to an anticipated large crowd, this lecture will be held in NSF's Room 375, requiring advance notification of attendance by non-NSF staff. See contacts listed below.)

Monday, Oct. 27--Science at the Timescale of the Electron: Ultrafast Lasers and Applications to Nano- and Materials Research, Margaret Murnane, JILA (University of Colorado/NIST)

Monday, Nov. 24--Unveiling the Heart of our Galaxy, Andrea Ghez, University of California, Los Angeles

Monday, Dec. 15--Optical Crystallography in the 21st Century, Bart Kahr, New York University

Monday, Feb. 23--The Chemical Imagination at Work in Very Tight Places, Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University

Monday, Apr. 20--Dark Matter and the Invisible Universe (tentative title), Lisa Randall, Harvard University

Monday, May 18--Geometries and Lotteries: The Power of Mathematical Thinking in Everyday Life, Jordan Ellenberg, University of Wisconsin

Monday, June 22--From Pendulums to Heartbeats: Inspirations for Designing Active, Responsive Materials, Anna Balazs, University of Pittsburgh


Media Contacts
Ivy F. Kupec, NSF, (703) 292-8796, 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) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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