February 08, 2016
Sigma Xi’s Distinguished Lecturers are sharing their research in public Google Hangouts. Please join us and bring your questions.
Distinguished Lecturer: Richard Canary, professor of mathematics at University of Michigan
Topics: Non-Euclidean sports and the geometry of surfaces; hyperbolic sports and the geometrization of 3-dimensional spaces
Late March (to be confirmed)
Distinguished Lecturer: Edward Hackett, professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University
Topics: Making science useful; peer review and the conduct of science
Distinguished Lecturer: Herman Sintim, Drug Discovery Professor of Chemistry—Organic Chemistry/Chemical Biology at Purdue University
Topics: Bacterial conversation, what it is and how it can be stopped to prevent infections from spreading; new strategies to curb bacterial infections; personalized medicine and the role of simple diagnostic platforms; the bacterial resistance problem
April 19 (to be confirmed)
Distinguished Lecturer: Michael Spencer, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University
Topics: Van der Waals epitaxy of graphene and 2-D materials; III-nitride devices for high-voltage grid applications; radio isotope nuclear batteries for medical implants and sensors; the promise of 2-D materials
Distinguished Lecturer: Nicholas Hud, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology
Topics: The scientific quest for the origin of life; experimental investigations of the origin and early evolution of life; a self-assembly approach to the origin of ribonucleic acid
To participate in these sessions, or to watch recordings of past sessions, visit the Lecturerships page. Recorded topics include diversity in science, air pollution, and the Arctic’s melting ice.