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Researchers Discuss Sustainability, the Physics of Living Systems and the World Beyond

Mathematical and Physical Sciences lecture series for 2011-12 begins Monday, November 7

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October 26, 2011

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

The first talk on Monday, November 7, will feature Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Gerbrand Ceder, who will discuss "The Materials Project," formerly the Materials Genome program at MIT, an approach that aims to design materials with advanced properties through an interactive combination of computational, theoretical and experimental research.

All lectures will be held at NSF, 4201 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Va., which is easily accessible from the Ballston Metro station.  Visitors are welcome.

Complete Schedule of Lectures

Large-Scale Computational Materials Design: The Materials Genome Program at MIT
Gerbrand Ceder, MIT
November 7 at 2 p.m., Room 110

A Mathematical Look at the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia
Emery Brown, Harvard University and MIT
December 19 at 2 p.m., Room 110

Role of Science In Moving the Planet to Green Energy and a Sustainable Future
Emily Carter, Princeton University
January 20 at 2 p.m., Room 110

Landscapes and Beyond: From Physics and Protein Folding to Modeling Active Biological Matter
Peter Wolynes, Rice University
March 19 at 2 p.m., Room 110

Demographics of Exoplanets
Scott Gaudi, Ohio State University
April 16 at 2 p.m., Room 110

Creating Economic Value From University Science: What is the Role of Faculty?
Angus Kingon, Brown University
May 21 at 2 p.m., Room 110

Bringing Chemistry to Life: Bioorthogonal Chemistries for Glycoprofiling and Beyond
Carolyn Bertozzi, University of California, Berkeley
June 25 at 2 p.m., Room 110

About the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences directorate comprises the divisions of Astronomical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities. These divisions provide the basic structure for support of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education. The scope of scientific and educational activity supported is enormous, ranging from phenomena at cosmological distances, to environmental science on the human scale, through quantum mechanical processes in atomic and subatomic physics, to phenomena of the unimaginably small. Researchers explore abstract ideas, concepts, and structures of mathematics as well as more tangible "stuff" that includes the materials used in our everyday lives. Their tools range from desktop instruments to synchrotron light sources, accelerators, radio and optical telescopes and high magnetic fields. The rapid development of computational and communications capabilities also is leading to the development of a new set of tools that support data-enabled science.


Media Contacts
Lisa Van Pay, NSF, (703) 292-8796,

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

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