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The Marker Lectures were established in 1984 through a gift from Russell Earl Marker, professor emeritus of chemistry at Penn State, whose pioneering synthetic methods revolutionized the steroid-hormone industry and opened the door to the current era of hormone therapies, including the birth-control pill. The Marker endowment allows the Penn State Eberly College of Science to present annual Marker Lectures in astronomy and astrophysics, the chemical sciences, evolutionary biology, genetic engineering, the mathematical sciences, physics, and the statistical sciences. More information about Russell Marker and his research is available here.

The Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology set for October 24 and 25
17 October 2016Molly Przeworski, professor of biological sciences at Columbia University, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on October 24 and 25, 2016, at Penn State University on the University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Inaugural Russell E. Marker Lectures in the Statistical Sciences set for April 25 and 26
19 April 2016The inaugural Russell E. Marker Lectures in the Statistical Sciences will be presented at Penn State University on April 25 and 26, 2016, by Bin Yu, the Chancellor's Professor of Statistics and Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.
William Borucki to present Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on April 14 and 15
08 April 2016William Borucki, a research scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on April 14 and 15, 2016, at Penn State University on the University Park campus.
The Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology set for April 19 and 20
28 March 2016Richard Lenski, the John Hannah Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Michigan State University, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on April 19 and 20, 2016, at Penn State University on the 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 “Time Travel in Experimental Evolution,” which will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in the Berg Auditorium, 100 Huck Life Sciences Building. A reception will be held at the conclusion of the lecture in the lobby outside the auditorium. Lenski will give a more specialized lecture, titled "Dynamics of Phenotypic and Genomic Evolution in a 60,000-Generation Experiment with E. coli," at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in 112 Chambers Building.
Nobel Laureate, Thomas R. Cech, to Give Three Free Lectures at Penn State: The Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering and Lecture on Science Education set for April 7 and 8
18 March 2016Thomas R. Cech, Nobel Laureate, Distinguished Professor and Director of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering on April 7 and 8, 2016 at Penn State University on the University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
2015 Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering Scheduled for 26 and 27 October
09 October 2015James M. Berger, professor of biophysics, biophysical chemistry, and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present the 2015 Russell Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering on October 26 and 27 at Penn State University on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
2015 Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences Scheduled for March 23, 24, 25 and 26 from 23 March 2015 12:00 AM to 26 March 2015 12:00 AM 114 McAllister Building,
Start Date: 23 March 2015  / End Date: 26 March 2015
Gang Tian, Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences and director of the Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research at Peking University, will present the 2015 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences on March 23, 24, 25, and 26 at Penn State University on the University Park Campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Marker Lectures in the Physical Sciences Scheduled for 19, 20, and 21 February 2013 20 February 2013 from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM 119 Osmond Laboratory,
Date: 20 February 2013
John Clarke, a professor of physics at the University of California at Berkeley, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in the Physical Sciences on 19, 20, and 21 February 2013, on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
CANCELED: Jonathan Losos to Present Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on 29 and 30 October 2012 from 29 October 2012 05:00 PM to 30 October 2012 05:30 PM 100 Huck Life Sciences Building,
Start Date: 29 October 2012  / End Date: 30 October 2012
PLEASE NOTE: The Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology, originally scheduled for 29 and 30 October, have been canceled. This web page will be updated when the lectures have been rescheduled.
Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences Scheduled for 1, 2, 3, and 4 October 2012 from 01 October 2012 08:00 PM to 04 October 2012 06:00 PM 114 McAllister Building,
Start Date: 01 October 2012  / End Date: 04 October 2012
Enrico Bombieri, Professor of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences on 1, 2, 3, and 4 October 2012, at Penn State University on the University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering Scheduled for 12 and 13 April 2012 12 April 2012 from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM 100 Life Sciences Building (Berg Auditorium),
Date: 12 April 2012
Steven Henikoff, an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and an affiliate professor of genome science at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering on 12 and 13 April 2012 at the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Helen Quinn to Present Marker Lectures in the Physical Sciences on 11, 12, and 13 April, 2012 11 April 2012 from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM 119 Osmond Laboratory,
Date: 11 April 2012
Helen Quinn, a professor emerita in the Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in the Physical Sciences on 11, 12, and 13 April, 2012, at the Penn State University Park Campus.
Neil Gehrels to Present Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on 21 and 22 March 2012 21 March 2012 from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM 102 Thomas Building,
Date: 21 March 2012
Neil Gehrels, an adjunct professor of astronomy and astrophysics at both the University of Maryland and at Penn State University, and chief of the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on 21 and 22 March, 2012, at the Penn State University Park Campus.
Deborah Jin to Present Marker Lectures in the Physical Sciences on March 14, 15, and 16, 2012 14 March 2012 from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Date: 14 March 2012
Deborah Jin, an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Colorado, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in the Physical Sciences on March 14, 15, and 16, 2012, at the Penn State University Park Campus. The lecture series includes a presentation intended for a general audience, "Fun with Ultracold Atoms," which will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 14 March, in 119 Osmond Laboratory with light refreshments following the talk. In the lecture, Jin will describe the superconductivity and quantum behavior of gases with temperatures near absolute zero. In addition, Jin will give two specialized lectures on 15 and 16 March. The Marker Lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Nobel Laureate to Give Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on 26 and 27 September 2011 26 September 2011 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building,
Date: 26 September 2011
Jack Szostak, an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a professor of genetics at the Harvard University Medical School, the Alex Rich Distinguished Investigator in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine will present the Russell Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on 26 and 27 September 2011 at the Penn State University Park campus.

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