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URSI Symposium on ZOOM


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020


3:00 pm


Main Building Virtual Room 1

URSI Symposium
September 30, 2020
Zoom Beginning at 3:00

Password - 853451

Every summer Vassar's Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) engages students in the process of scientific discovery through an intensive ten-week collaborative research program with faculty. This year more than 80 Vassar students and faculty participated in URSI, and in so doing created an online community of scientific scholars. The summer's results will be presented this Fall at the 35th Annual URSI Symposium, in a series of student talks and posters. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our talented students and faculty.
This year our keynote speaker is David Kaiser is Germeshausen, Professor of the History of Science and Professor of Physics at MIT, as well as Associate Dean for Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing. He is the author of several award-winning books, including Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics (2005), which received the Pfizer Award from the History of Science Society for best book in the field; and How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival (2011), which was named “Book of the Year” by Physics World magazine and received the Davis Prize from the History of Science Society for best book aimed at a general audience. His most recent book is entitled Quantum Legacies: Dispatches from an Uncertain World (2020). Kaiser's physics research focuses on early-universe cosmology as well as the foundations of quantum theory. A Fellow of the American Physical Society and recipient of the APS Apker Award, Kaiser has received MIT’s highest awards for excellence in teaching. His work has been featured in Science, Nature, the New York Times, and the New Yorker magazine. A recent documentary film, Einstein’s Quantum Riddle, featuring Kaiser and his group’s “Cosmic Bell” experimental tests of quantum entanglement, premiered on PBS television stations in 2019.

The meeting will run from 3 - 5PM and will be followed by poster Q+A that will be a collection of smaller zoom meetings (links to be provided later)

Susie Painter

Biology Department