Free Science Lectures Explore the Mind, New Technologies and Even the Weather

Top researchers from the University of Washington will share exciting new developments in science and technology in "Exploring Our World: The Scale of Discovery," the theme of the free 2003 UW Science Forum.

On the program is Chemistry Professor Larry Dalton, whose work in photonics may revolutionize the delivery of information to computers, televisions and emergency networks (see "Light Speed," Sept. 2002). Also featured is Physiology and Biophysics Professor Bertil Hille, whose pioneering work on how cells function was cited by the National Science Foundation when it elected Hille to the Institute of Medicine.

The free, public lectures will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in April and May in 130 Kane Hall. The series is presented by the UW Alumni Association, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Office of the Provost and the School of Medicine. University Book Store is the corporate sponsor. The lectures are part of the UW Alumni Association's goal to offer lifelong learning opportunities to alumni.

The program:

April 8: "Opto-electronics: Lighting the Way in the New Information Technology Age," by Larry Dalton, professor of chemistry and director of the National Science Foundation Science & Technology Center on Information Technology Research.

April 22: "Can the Mind Just Be a Machine?" by Bertil Hille, professor of physiology and biophysics at the UW School of Medicine.

May 6: "Factories of the Future: Bacteria as Miniaturized Environmentally Benign Production Plants," by Mary Lidstrom, professor of engineering and microbiology, and associate dean for new initiatives in engineering.

May 20: "The Science of Global Warming: How Will Climate Change in the Future?" by Dennis Hartmann, professor and chair, department of atmospheric sciences.

Space is limited and you must register in advance to attend. Register at or call (206) 543-3839.

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