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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.

Marker lecture - "Mathematical Models and Their Impact on Our Daily Life" 22 October 2018 from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM 114 McAllister Building,
Date: 22 October 2018
Alfio Quarteroni, professor of numerical analysis and director of MOX at the Politecnico of Milan, Italy, will present the 2018/2019 Russel Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences. A free public lecture intended for a general audience, titled “Mathematical Models and Their Impact on Our Daily Life,” will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22, in 114 McAllister Building.
Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences Scheduled for October 22, 23, and 24
16 October 2018Alfio Quarteroni, professor of numerical analysis and director of MOX at the Politecnico of Milan, Italy, will present the 2018/2019 Russel Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences on October 22, 23, and 24 at Penn State on the University Park campus.
Russel E. Marker lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics set for October 8, 9, and 10
01 October 2018Timothy Heckman, Dr. A. Hermann Pfund Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on October 8, 9, and 10, at the Penn State University Park campus.
Marker Lecture in Genetic Engineering 13 March 2018 from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM 100 Life Sciences Building,
Date: 13 March 2018
Fred M. Winston, John Emory Andrus Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, will present a specialized lecture, titled "Factors that Control Transcriptional Accuracy and Chromatin Integrity."
Marker Lecture in Genetic Engineering 12 March 2018 from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM 100 Life Sciences Building,
Date: 12 March 2018
Fred M. Winston, John Emory Andrus Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, will present a lecture intended for the general audience, titled "Using Yeast Genetics to Study Gene Expression."
Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering scheduled for March 12 and 13
05 March 2018Fred M. Winston, John Emory Andrus Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering on March 12 and 13, 2018, at the Penn State University Park campus.
The Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology set for February 19th and 20th, 2018
12 February 2018Anne Stone, Regents' Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on February 19th and 20th, 2018, at Penn State on the University Park campus.
Russell E. Marker Lectures in the Statistical Sciences set for October 5 and 6
21 September 2017Jianqing Fan, Frederick L. Moore '18 Professor of Finance, Professor of Statistics, and Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, will present the 2017 Russell Marker Lectures in Statistical Sciences on October 5 and 6 at Penn State University.
2016/2017 Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences scheduled for March 21, 22, and 23
15 March 2017Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present the 2016/2017 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences on March 21, 22, and 23 at Penn State on the University Park Campus.
Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering Scheduled for January 23 and 24
17 January 2017William R. Jacobs, Jr., professor of microbiology and immunology and professor of genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering on January 23 and 24, 2017 at the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
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.

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