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Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series - Free Admission

Scientists and engineers will take on roles of educators through the Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series. The series is intended to inform the public about the diversity of research being conducted at the Laboratory.

Continental Breakup and the Dawn of Humankind

Giday WoldeGabriel
Environmental Geology and Spatial Analysis Group
Los Alamos National Laboratory

What was it about Africa that led to the proliferation of life in the midst of volcanic eruptions, continental breakup, and environmental hazards? How is it that the Afar Depression, an inhospitable location in northeastern Africa, became home to the longest continuous human fossil record? This talk will describe how the catastropic geology and long term climate of this region impacted the dawn of humankind in the last six million years.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at 7:00 pm
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
1801 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM

Friday, April 4, 2008, at 7:00 pm
James A. Little Theater
New Mexico School for the Deaf
1060 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM

Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at 7:00 pm
121 Civic Plaza Drive
Taos, NM

Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at 7:00 pm
Duane W. Smith Auditorium
Los Alamos High School
1300 Diamond Drive
Los Alamos, NM

For further information, contact Linda Anderman at the Community Programs Office at (505) 665-9196 or anderman@lanl.gov.

Past Events

Small Satellites on a Shoestring: The LANL Experience
Diane Roussel-Dupre
Los Alamos National Laboratory
February 2008
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Espanola, NM

Cracking the Neural Code: Discovering the Language of the Brain
Garrett Kenyon
Los Alamos National Laboratory
November 2007
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos, NM

The Dark Universe: Revelations and Mysteries
Salman Habib
Los Alamos National Laboratory
September 2007
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Espanola, NM

The Turbulent World: How Nature Mixes Things Up
Robert Ecke
Center for Nonlinear Studies
Los Alamos National Laboratory
May 2007

Avian Influenza: How LANL is helping resond to a potential pandemic
Jeanne Fair, Norman Johnson, Ruy Ribeiro, and Gary Resnick
Los Alamos National Laboratory
December 2006

Chilling Out with Lasers: The Science of Optical Refrigeration
Richard Epstein
International, Space, and Response Division
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Is There Energy For All in the 21st Century?
Rajan Gupta
Theoretical Division
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Abstract, March and April 2006
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Espanola, and Taos, NM

Samples from the Sun—NASA’s GENESIS Mission, Crash, and Recovery
Dr. Roger Wiens
Space Science & Applications
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Abstract, November 2005
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, NM

Gamma-Ray Bursts— one reason why 'astronomical' is an adjective
Ed Fenimore
Laboratory Fellow,
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Abstract, September 2005
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, NM

A Personal Perspective of the Changing Nuclear Threat
Siegfried S. Hecker
Senior Fellow and Former Director,
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Abstract, October 2004
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, NM

Calculating Extinction: The Meteor Impact that Killed the Dinosaurs
Galen Gisler
Applied Physics Division
Abstract, April 14, 2004

A History of Predicting the Future: Earth, Wind, Fire and Computers
Andrew B. White
Computer and Computational Science Division
Abstract, January 21, 2004

The Groundwaters of Northern New Mexico:
Tracing the origins of the water we drink

Elizabeth H. Keating
Hydrology, Geochemistry and Geology Group
Abstract October 2, 2003
Download the presentation slides (PPT 66.9 MB)

Black Holes and Collapsed Stars: Our Galaxy and Its Neighbors
William C. Priedhorsky
Nonproliferation and International Security Division
Abstract April 29, 2003

Neutrinos in the Cosmos, in the Sun, and on the Earth
William C. Louis
Subatomic Physics Group
Liquid Scintillating Neutrino Detector
Booster Neutrino Experiment (BooNE)
Abstract January 29, 2003

The Complexity, Simplicity, and Unity of Living Systems
Geoffrey B. West
Elementary Particles and Field Theory Group
Abstract November 13, 2002

Measuring Small Magnet Fields from Living Systems: From Understanding the Brain to the Detection of Cancer
Michelle A. Espy
Biophysics Group
Abstract October 2, 2002
Download the presentation slides (PDF 4.7 MB)

Levitation, Superconductivity, and the World's Largest Magnets
Dr. Gregory S. Boebinger
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Download the presentation slides
Part 1: PDF 2.78 MB and Part 2: PDF 1.63 MB June 20, 2002

AIDS: A History of a Global Pandemic
Dr. Bette Korber
Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group
Abstract February 7, 2002

HIV-The Science of a Pandemic: Evolution, Dynamics, Epidemiology and Medicine
36 million people are infected with HIV - AIDS and the number grows by the day. These lectures will try to shed some light on how we got here and what we can do about this and future epidemics. Better Korber will discuss where the virus came from and where it's going. Alan Perelson will talk about how the virus does what it does. Rajan Gupta will present the global aspects of the virus.Trevor Hawkins will discuss treatment and prevention, now and in the future.

Four Short Lectures and a Panel Discussion with:
Dr. Bette Korber, Dr. Alan Perelson, Dr. Rajan Gupta - Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dr. Trevor Hawkins - Southwest CARE Center
Co-Sponsored with the Santa Fe Institute and the Southwest CARE Center
January 23, 2002

Lunar Prospector and the Upcoming Mars Odyssey Mission
Dr. William C. Feldman
Space and Atmospheric Sciences Group
Abstract November 1, 2001

Global Warming
Dr. Charles F. Keller
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
Abstract Sept 26, 2001

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