Year One Events Series

Help celebrate the first year of the College of Sciences by attending a lecture, seminar or alumni get-together as part of our Year One Events Series.

Sep
23

Karl Wegmann
Assistant Professor
Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
NC State University

Seminar title: “Recent Rejuvenation of Topography in the Southern Appalachians … or … How old are those pretty North Carolina waterfalls?”

Wegmann has drawn international attention for finding evidence of a “geological facelift” that occurred in the Appalachian Mountains about 8 million years ago. He will speak as part of his department’s Seminar and Defense Series.

» 3:30 p.m. in 1216 Jordan Hall Addition. Coffee and cookies will be served in 1132 Jordan at 3 p.m.

Karl Wegmann

Karl Wegmann

Sep
26

Arcadia
Produced by ARTS NC State

Join Dean Dan Solomon, along with College of Sciences students and faculty, for a reception followed by a performance of Tom Stoppard’s epic play, “Arcadia”, at NC State’s Titmus Theatre. The play takes viewers back and forth between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging over the nature of truth and time. Before the performance, Dean Solomon will speak about the convergence-science themes that run throughout the production, as well as provide updates on the three-month-old College of Sciences.

» The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and include Dean Solomon’s remarks at 6:30 p.m. The play starts at 7:30 p.m. At the Titmus Theatre in Frank Thompson Hall.

Arcadia

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Oct
 4

Alumni Lunch at the Nature Research Center

Learn more about the new College of Sciences from NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson and Dean Dan Solomon. The keynote speaker will be Meg Lowman, the NC State research professor and senior scientist at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences known as “Canopy Meg” for her treetop ecology research. The event will be hosted by the NC State Wake County Alumni Network.

» 11:30 a.m. check in. Lunch begins at noon at the Nature Research Center, part of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Cost: $5 for Alumni Association members, $10 for non-members. Registration available through the NC State Alumni Association.

Nate Silver

Meg Lowman

Oct
10

Nate Silver
Statistician, author and blogger

Lecture title: “Celebrating Statistics: The Signal and the Noise”

Silver is best-known for accurately predicting the outcomes of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, as well as for his best-selling book, The Signal and the Noise. The event, which is by invitation only, is presented by the Department of Statistics and sponsored by the JMP Division of SAS. The lecture is being held to celebrate the International Year of Statistics, or Statistics2013, a worldwide initiative that is highlighting the contributions of the statistics field to finding solutions to global challenges.

» 4 p.m. at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium

Nate Silver

Nate Silver

Oct
17

Note: This event has been canceled due to the government shutdown. Details on rescheduling will be available soon.

Linda Birnbaum
Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Lecture title: “Visions of Environmental Health Science in the 21st Century”

Birnbaum is the first woman to lead NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program. She will speak as part of a lecture series jointly sponsored by the College and the Center for Human Health and the Environment.

» 10 a.m. at the James B Hunt Jr. Library in the Institute for Emerging Issues Multipurpose Room.

Linda Birnbaum

Linda Birnbaum
Photo: NIEHS

Oct
23

Chasing Ice
Hosted by the Southeast Climate Science Center and the Office of Sustainability

The documentary film Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. With a band of young adventurers in tow, environmental photographer James Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

» 6 p.m. at the NC State Campus Cinema in Witherspoon Student Center. Admission is free.

Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice

Nov
 8

Richard Schrock
Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Schrock shared the 2005 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis. The chemical reaction is now widely used to produce important pharmaceuticals, fuels, synthetic fibers and many other products in an efficient and environmentally friendly way. Schrock will speak as part of the Department of Chemistry’s Seminar Program.

» 3:40 p.m. in 124 Dabney Hall.

Richard Schrock

Richard Schrock
Photo: MIT

Dec
 4

Greg Fishel
Chief Meteorologist
WRAL-TV

Greg Fishel has been one of the Triangle’s most trusted and popular weather forecasters since joining WRAL in 1981. This event is hosted by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, a partnership between NC State and other Triangle research institutes that brings together statisticians, mathematicians and other scientists to confront important data- and model-driven scientific challenges.

» Lecture at 7 p.m. in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

Greg Fishel

Greg Fishel
Photo: WRAL-TV

Dec
 5

Martin Chalfie
University Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University

Seminar title: “Transduction and Modulation of Touch Sensitivity in C. elegans

Chalfie shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein. He will speak as part of the seminar series sponsored by the W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology.

» 3:30 p.m. in Room 101, David Clark Labs

Martin Chalfie

Martin Chalfie
Photo: Eileen Barroso/
Columbia University

Jan
13

John R. Carlson
Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Yale University

Lecture Title: “Chemosensory Perception in the Fly”

John Carlson’s laboratory identified the first insect odor receptor genes and the first insect taste receptor genes. He has explained at the molecular and cellular levels some of the basic principles by which insects encode odors and tastants, chemicals that stimulate the sensory cells in a taste bud. Carlson is a National Academy of Sciences member and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. He will speak as part of the seminar series sponsored by the W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology.

» 1:30 p.m. in Room 3503, Thomas Hall

John R. Carlson

John R. Carlson

Jan
30

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
President
The University of Maryland—Baltimore County

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as president of UMBC since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced a recent report on expanding underrepresented minority participation in science and technology. He also was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He will speak as part of the CHASS Diversity Lecture Series; the Provost’s office and the College of Sciences are co-sponsoring the event.

» 4-6 p.m. at the McKimmon Center. Reception at 3:30 p.m.

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

Mar
17

Dargan Frierson
Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington

Dargan Frierson, an NC State physics and mathematics alumnus, is one of the world’s leading young climate scientists. He develops simplified models design$

» 4 p.m. in Room 1216, Jordan Hall Addition

Martin Chalfie

Dargan Frierson

Apr
 3

Signature event: State of the Sciences

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Astrophysicist, television host and author
This event is sold out.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the world’s best-known astrophysicists and science communicators. He is director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium and host of the highly anticipated Carl Sagan reboot, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, that will debut in 2014. His appearances on The Daily Show, The Tonight Show and other programs have helped build a new generation of science lovers. Tyson is the author of Space Chronicles, The Pluto Files, and other books.

The event marks the launch of State of the Sciences, a premier education and outreach program hosted by the College that introduces hundreds of science fans to groundbreaking scientific work. The North Carolina Science Festival is helping to sponsor the event.

» 5 p.m. in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.
This event is sold out.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson

NC Sciences Festival Logo

Apr
10

John C. Mather
Senior Astrophysicist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Seminar title: “The History of the Universe from Beginning to End, and Observing with the James Webb Space Telescope”

John Mather will explain the history of the universe, from the Big Bang to now, and on to the future. He will also show NASA’s plans for the next great telescope in space, the James Webb Space Telescope, which will peer inside the dusty cocoons where stars and planets are being born. Mather is the senior project scientist for the telescope and won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite. He will speak as the Department of Physics 2014 L.H. Thomas Lecturer.

» 4 p.m. in the SAS Hall Auditorium

John C. Mather

John C. Mather

Apr
14

Iain Couzin
Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Princeton University

Iain Couzin uses lab experiments, fieldwork, computer simulations and mathematical models to learn more about how animals coordinate their behavior. His work aims to reveal the fundamental principles that underlie evolved collective behavior, and consequently his research includes the study of a wide range of biological systems, from brain tumors to insect swarms, fish schools and human crowds. Couzin will speak as the 2014 Department of Mathematics Kwangil Koh Lecturer on Mathematics in Our Time.

» 4:30 in Room 2203, SAS Hall. A pre-talk reception begins at 4 p.m.

Iain Couzin

Iain Couzin