Fall 2017 Lecture Series

*Tentative title and sub-title indicative of the lecture topic.
Date Description
October 6, 2017

Searching for Signs of Habitability and Life on Other Ocean Worlds
Possibilities and Prospects for Revolutionary Science

James B. Garvin

  • Chief Scientist
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Co-Chair, Europa Lander Science Definition Team
Abstract | Minutes | Video
October 20, 2017

Space Weather, Earthly Effects
Sunspots, Ion Storms, Magnetic Shields, Plasma Wakefields and More

Antti Pulkkinen

  • Astrophysicist
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Adjunct Professor of Astrophysics
  • Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences
  • Catholic University
Abstract | Minutes | Video
November 3, 2017

Automatically Proving That Computer Programs Do What They are Supposed to Do

Byron Cook

  • Senior Principal, Amazon Web Services, and
  • Professor of Computer Science
  • University College London
Abstract | Minutes | Video
November 17, 2017

Life 2.0
Synthetic Self Replicating and Evolvable Systems

Gerald Joyce

  • Professor, The Salk Institute and
  • Institute Director
  • Genomics Institute
  • Novartis Research Foundation
Abstract | Minutes | Video
December 1, 2017

The Doom of Spacetime
Why It Must Dissolve Into More Fundamental Structures

Nima Arkani-Hamed

  • Professor, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and
  • A. D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University
Abstract | Video
December 15, 2017

Invisibility Cloaks and Other “Impossible” Optics
From Revolutionary Science to Disruptive Technology

David R. Smith

  • James B Duke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Director, The Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics
  • Duke University
Abstract| Video

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