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Media Advisory 16-016

2016-2017 NSF Distinguished Lectures in Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Protoplanetary disk around the young star HL Tauri

This protoplanetary disk around the young star HL Tauri is the sharpest image ever taken with ALMA.

October 3, 2016

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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. No reservations are required for these lectures.

When: 2 to 3 p.m.

Who: Speakers include:

Monday, Oct. 17 - Billions and Billions of Molecules: Exploring Molecular Space Using Classical and Quantum Computers, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Harvard University.

Monday, Nov. 14 - What is Next after Moore's Law: Quantum Computing, John Martinis, Google. Co-sponsored by NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering.

Monday, Dec. 12 - How Were the Most Ancient Objects in the Universe Formed? Kelsey Johnson, University of Virginia and National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Monday, Feb. 13 - What Can We Do with a Quantum Liquid? Nobel Laureate Sir Anthony Leggett, University of Illinois.

Monday, March 20 - Perfection and Beyond: Coloring and Structure in Graph Theory, Maria Chudnovsky, Princeton University.

Monday, Apr. 24 - Skin-Inspired Electronic Materials and Devices, Zhenan Bao, Stanford University. Co-sponsored by NSF's Directorate for Engineering.


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

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

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