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"Strategies for Survival on Planet Earth" is the Theme of the 2014 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science
27 January 2014"Strategies for Survival on Planet Earth" is the theme of the 2014 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, which is designed as a free minicourse for the general public. The lectures will take place on the four Saturday mornings in February from 11:00 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
"Engineering SuperMicrobes to Save Us" is a Free Public Lecture on 1 February 2014
01 February 2014A free public lecture titled "Engineering SuperMicrobes to Save Us" will take place on 1 February 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The speaker will be Howard M. Salis, assistant professor of biological engineering and chemical engineering at Penn State University.
"Hot Chocolate: Helping the Cacao Plant Adapt to Climate Change" A free public lecture with chocolate provided on 8 February 2014
05 February 2014A free public lecture titled "Hot Chocolate: Helping the Cacao Plant Adapt to Climate Change" will take place at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The speakers will be Mark Guiltinan and Siela Maximova, professors in the Department of Plant Science at Penn State.
Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education 11 February 2014 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM HUB Auditorium ,
Date: 11 February 2014
Part one of the CESE Spring Lecture Series, “Reforming Science Education; Promoting Deep Learning in a Superficial Society”. Presented by Carl Wieman. This event is co-sponsored by The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and the Penn State Department of Physics.
"Protecting the Earth from Killer Asteroids" is a Free Public Lecture on 15 February 2014
12 February 2014A free public lecture titled "Protecting the Earth from Killer Asteroids" will take place on 15 February 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The speaker will be Rachel Stevenson, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
"Combating malaria: New Approaches to an Ancient Problem" is a Free Public Lecture on 22 February 2014
21 February 2014A free public lecture titled "Combating Malaria: New Approaches to an Ancient Problem," will take place on 22 February 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The speaker will be Manuel Llinás, an associate professor in the Eberly College of Science Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University.
Stone Memorial Lecture Set for 17 March 2014 17 March 2014 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM 101 Althouse Laboratory,
Date: 17 March 2014
James A. Imlay, a professor of microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present the 2013/2014 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 17 March 2014, in 101 Althouse Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus. This free public lecture, titled "Molecular Explanations for the Toxicity of Oxygen," is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Marker Lectures in the Physical Sciences Scheduled for 26, 27, and 28 March 2014 26 March 2014 from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM 100 Life Sciences Building,
Date: 26 March 2014
David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in the Physical Sciences on 26, 27, and 28 March 2014 on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science. The series includes a lecture intended for a general audience, titled "Engaging Diamonds in the Quantum Age," at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 March, in 100 Life Sciences Building, with light refreshments following the talk
Xiaoliang Sunney Xie to Present Marker Lecture in Genetic Engineering on 9 and 10 April 2014 09 April 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Date: 09 April 2014
Xiaoliang Sunney Xie, Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering on 9 and 10 April 2014 at the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Chad Mirkin to Give Nanotechnology Presentation as 2014 Eberly Family Distinguished Lecture in Science on 10 April 10 April 2014 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM HUB Auditorium,
Date: 10 April 2014
Chad Mirkin will present the Eberly Family Distinguished Lecture in Science on Thursday, 10 April 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the HUB Auditorium on the University Park campus. This free public lecture, titled "Nanotechnology: Learning to Think Big in a Field Focused on the Small," is sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Ernest C. Pollard Lecture Scheduled for 28 April 2014 28 April 2014 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM 108 Wartik Laboratory,
Date: 28 April 2014
Susan Marqusee, Warren C. Eveland Chair, professor of molecular and cell biology, and Director of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) at the University of California - Berkeley, will present the 2013/2014 Ernest C. Pollard Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 28 April, in 108 Wartik Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lecture is titled “Beyond the Native State: Uncovering the Sequence Determinants of the Energy Landscape.”
Simpson Lecture Set for 5 May 2014 05 May 2014 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM 101 Althouse Laboratory,
Date: 05 May 2014
Clifton E. Barry, III, senior investigator and section chief of the Tuberculosis Research Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will present the 2013/2014 Robert T. Simpson Memorial Lecture in Molecular Medicine at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 5 May 2014, in 101 Althouse Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus. This free public lecture, titled “In vivo Imaging of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis,” is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Norman Freed Memorial Celebration on June 12 12 June 2014 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM Hintz Family Alumni Center,
Date: 12 June 2014
A celebration of the life of Norman Freed and his contributions to Penn State University will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hintz Family Alumni Center on Penn State's University Park campus.
Growing anatomically human kidney tubes from skin cells to fight kidney disease 26 September 2014 from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM 100 Life Sciences Building, the Berg Auditorium,
Date: 26 September 2014
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is the most common inherited disorder linked to a single gene, after breast cancer. Steinman will describe how scientists on his research team transform human skin cells from patients with PKD into cells that have the potential to become other types of cells -- called induced pluripotent stem cells. He then will describe their controlled reprogramming of these cells into kidney cells.
2014 Marker Lectures in the Physical Sciences Scheduled for October 7, 8, and 9 08 October 2014 from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM 117 Osmond Laboratory,
Date: 08 October 2014
"Tabletop X-Ray Lasers: From Star Wars to Nanotechnology" will be presented as a free public lecture in the 2014 Russell Marker Lectures in the Physical Sciences on October 8 at 8:00 p.m. in 117 Osmond Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus. The speakers will be Distinguished Professor of Physics Margaret M. Murnane and Professor of Physics Henry C. Kapteyn, both of the University of Colorado-Boulder and both Fellows of JILA, the university's joint laboratory with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. A reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation.
Thomas Henning to Present Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on 20, 21, and 22 October 2014 21 October 2014 from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM 101 Thomas Building,
Date: 21 October 2014
Thomas Henning, director of the Planet and Star Formation Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on 20, 21, and 22 October, 2014, at the Penn State University Park Campus. The lecture series includes a presentation intended for a general audience, "Extrasolar Planets, Blue Dots, and the Origin of Life," which will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 21 October, in 101 Thomas Building. In this lecture, Henning will describe discoveries of planets beyond our solar system and properties of protoplanetary disks -- the cradles of planet formation. He also will discuss the connection between astronomical discoveries and our understanding of the origin of life on Earth. In addition to this public lecture, Henning will give two specialized lectures on 20 and 22 October in 538 Davey Laboratory. Both of these lectures will be held at 3:45 p.m. The Marker Lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
"Potential Habitable Worlds: How Common Are They?" is the Friedman Lecture on 30 October 2014 30 October 2014 from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM 101 Thomas Building ,
Date: 30 October 2014
A free presentation titled " Potential Habitable Worlds: How Common Are They?" will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 30 October, in 101 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The program will be presented by Ravi Kopparapu, a researcher in the Department of Geosciences at Penn State.
Nancy Moran to present Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on December 8 and 9, 2014 09 December 2014 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM 8 Mueller Laboratory,
Date: 09 December 2014
Nancy Moran, Ph.D, Leslie Surginer Endowed Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas, will present the Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on December 8 and 9, 2014 on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.

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