URI’s Phi Beta Kappa Society to hold public forums on Nobel Prizes

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KINGSTON, R.I. – November 6, 2007 – The University of Rhode Island’s Phi Beta Kappa Society will hold four forums on the Nobel Prize.

All forums are free and open to public. The schedule is as follows:

• Nov. 7, the Nobel Prize in Physics, Green Hall Room 107, 4 to 5 p.m. Physics Professor Emeritus Stanley J. Pickart will discuss Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg’s discovery of giant magnetoresistance, the physical effect underlying technologies such as high-density storage of information on hard disks. The Department of Physics is a co-sponsor.

• Nov. 14, the Nobel Peace Prize, Weaver Auditorium at the Coastal Institute on the Kingston Campus, 3 to 4 p.m. Oceanography Professor John W. King will discuss scientific evidence regarding manmade climate change. King will address the Nobel laureates’ analyses and policy recommendations and alternative approaches to analysis and policy. The Graduate School of Oceanography and the Department of Environmental & Natural Resource Economics are co-sponsors.

• Nov. 16, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, East Hall Auditorium, 4 to 5 p.m. Physics Professor David R. Heskett will discuss Gerhard Ertl’s studies of chemical processes on solid surfaces and their relation to technologies such as fuel cells, artificial fertilizers, and catalytic cleaners of automobile exhaust. The Departments of Physics and Chemistry are co-sponsors.

• Dec. 4, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Morrill Science Building, Room 215, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Assistant Professor of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences Becky L. Sartini will discuss Mario R. Capecchi, Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies’s discoveries of methods to introduce specific gene modifications in mice by use of embryonic stem cells. The Departments of Biological Sciences and Fisheries, Animal, & Veterinary Science are co-sponsors.

For additional details, call 874-9195.