Celebrating a birthday in style with UA College of Science lecture

I am looking forward to the final lecture in the UA College of Science Spring Lecture Series this year, because it falls on my birthday. What better time to contemplate reality!
Domesticating the Quantum
Presented by Pierre Meystre, Editor in Chief, American Physical Society
Monday, March 6
7:00 – 8:00 p.m
University of Arizona Centennial Hall
1020 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85724
Please join me!
Here’s the official description:
Domesticating the Quantum

Pierre Meystre, Editor in Chief, American Physical Society
Following its discovery, the quantum became central to our quest for a fundamental understanding of nature, from the structure of atoms and light to the Standard Model of particle physics, and beyond. As we learned how to tame, and increasingly how to domesticate the quantum, this also resulted in a technological `Quantum Revolution’ with a profound impact on our lives. This goes from the utterly devastating – with the invention of weapons capable of destroying civilization in the blink of an eye, to the most empowering – from medical imaging to the GPS, from the transistor to the laser, and from the internet to the smart phone. Following a brief review of these developments the lecture will focus on a more counter-intuitive aspect of quantum reality, what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” I will discuss how worldwide efforts at domesticating this elusive quantum attribute may lead to a `Second Quantum Revolution,’ with much promise for quantum communications, quantum metrology and quantum computing.

Dante Lauretta on Planet Formation and the Origin of Life

Number two in the seven-part 2015 UA Science Lecture Series gets underway Monday, February 2, at 7:00 p.m. at UA’s Centennial Hall. Be sure to arrive before 6:30 p.m Seats fill quickly in the auditorium — Tucsonans love science!

This year’s theme is Life in the Universe, and tonight, Dante Lauretta will discuss Planet Formation and the Origin of Life.

Lauretta is a Professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, and is principle investigator of the OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission.

Here is Lauretta speaking about the likelihood of an asteroid ending life on our planet, at a 2013 TEDx Tucson Salon.