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Media Advisory 15-016

2015-2016 NSF distinguished lectures in Mathematical and Physical Sciences

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The MPS distinguished lecture series features leaders in scientific research.

September 17, 2015

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The National Science Foundation (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, Virginia 22230 (Ballston Metro stop). Enter at the north entrance at the corner of 9th & Stuart streets. For directions, see the Visit NSF webpage.

When: 2 to 3 p.m., Eastern time.


  • Monday, Oct. 5--Science and University Development in China: Some Personal Observations, Tony Chan, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Co-sponsored by NSF Office of International Science and Engineering. (This lecture will be held in room 375, requiring advance notification of attendance by non-NSF staff. See contacts listed below.)
  • Monday, Nov. 23--Challenges at the Intersection of Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, Hendrik Schatz, Michigan State University and NSF-funded Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics - Center for the Evolution of the Elements.
  • Monday, Jan. 25--Sequential Decision Making and Personalized Interventions: The Future is Now, Susan Murphy, University of Michigan. Co-sponsored by NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering and NSF's Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.
  • Monday, Feb. 22--Nanoscale Organic Hybrid Materials and their Application in Next-Generation Energy-Storage Technologies, Lynden Archer, Cornell University. Co-sponsored by NSF Directorate for Engineering.
  • Monday, March 21--Illuminating the Nature of the Universe with the Cosmic Microwave Background, Suzanne Staggs, Princeton University.
  • Monday, April 25--Advancing Science through Diversity, Rigoberto Hernandez, Georgia Institute of Technology. Co-sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Monday, May 23--Translation of Fundamental Chemistry to Materials Designed for Advanced Applications, Karen Wooley, Texas A & M 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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