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Recent lectures, press conferences, webcasts and other events of interest. Also see our Webcasts for the News Media page.


January 25, 2012
"Research in Self-Powered Electronic Systems"
Dr. Dennis Buss
Texas Instruments and Visiting Scientist at MIT
Content type: Lecture


November 16, 2011
"Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides"
Michael Alley
Associate Professor of Engineering Communication at Penn State University
Content type: Lecture


May 26, 2011
"IceCube: A New Kind of Observatory for a New Century of Antarctic Science"
Dr. Subra Suresh
Director, National Science Foundation
Content type: Opening Celebration


March 22, 2011
"Helping the Public Get Beyond a Blind Date With Science
Alan Alda
Award-winning Actor and Visiting Professor at the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University
Content type: Lecture


April 10, 2008
Bridges to the Future: A Vision for Infrastructure in the 21st Century
Hosted by Popular Mechanics and the National Science Foundation
Content type: Webcast Conference (originally webcast live)


February 26, 2007
United States Opening Ceremony for International Polar Year 2007-2008
Hosted by the National Academies and the National Science Foundation
Content type: Opening Ceremony (originally webcast live)


May 25, 2006
"Early Polar Exploration - Part 1, The History of Early Polar Exploration"
Donal T. Manahan
Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California
Content type: Lecture


May 25, 2006
"Early Polar Exploration - Part 2, The Race to the Pole"
Donal T. Manahan
Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California
Content type: Lecture


May 25, 2006
"Early Polar Exploration - Part 3, Polar Exploration Today "
Donal T. Manahan
Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California
Content type: Lecture


April 12, 2006
"The Birth and Death of Languages"
Dr. David W. Lightfoot
Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
National Science Foundation
Content type: Lecture


March 8, 2006
"Innovation: A 21st Century Imperative"
Dr. Charles M. Vest
MIT President Emeritus
Content type: Lecture


January 25, 2006
A New Path to New Earths
Discovery of small, rocky, extrasolar world suggests such planets may be common
Content type: Media Briefing (originally webcast live)


December 8, 2005
The Challenged America Crew and the 2005 Trans-Pacific Yacht Race
Urban Miyares
National Press Club
Content type: Media Briefing


September 16, 2005
Robots: An Exhibition of U.S. Automatons from the Leading Edge of Research
Content type: Media Briefing (originally webcast live)


June 15, 2005
Documenting Endangered Languages
NSF
Content type: Lecture/Presentation


June 13, 2005
Astronomers Announce the Most Earth-Like Planet Yet Found Outside the Solar System
Content type: Media Briefing (originally webcast live)


March 24, 2005
"The History of the Universe in 60 Seconds or Less"
Dr. Eric Schulman
Content type: Lecture/Presentation


November 15, 2004
Grand Opening of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)
Content type: Media Briefing (originally webcast live)


September 21, 2004
"Storytelling in Science: Honesty, Imagination and Ethics "
Professor Roald Hoffmann
Cornell University
Content type: Lecture


April 30, 2004
"Improbable Research Seminar 2004"
Marc Abrahams
Editor and co-founder of the science humor magazine, Annals of Improbable Research
Content type: Lecture/Presentation


April 19, 2004
Distinguished Lecture
"Do General Relativity Principles Imply Experimentally Testable Changes in Quantum Mechanics?"
Sir Roger Penrose
Oxford and Penn State Universities
Content type: Lecture


April 16, 2004
Science Communicators Lecture Series
"Communicating Engineering and Technology to the General Public"
William S. Hammack
Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Content type: Lecture


February 26, 2004
"A Lost World: Two Previously Unknown Dinosaurs Discovered in Antarctica"
Content tye: Media Briefing (originally webcast live)


February 23, 2004
Beyond September 11th: An Account of Post-Disaster Research
NSF
Content type: Media Briefing


January 28, 2004
"GeoClimate: Probing Earth's Deep-Time Climate Archives"
Lynn Soreghan
Content type: Lecture


November 13, 2003
"Reading between the lines: Imaging the Lost Writings of Archimedes"
Keith T. Knox
Senior Imaging Scientist, Boeing LTS
Air Force Research Laboratory, Kihei, Hawaii
Content type: Lecture


October 20, 2003
Distinguished Lecture
"Cosmic Inflation and the Accelerating Universe"
Alan H. Guth
V.F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Content type: Lecture


October 7-8, 2003
"The Universe from the Ground Up"
Ground-based Astronomy in the 21st Century
A National Science Foundation Sponsored Symposium
Archived webcasts and presentations now available
Content type: Lecture/Presentation (originally webcast live)


February 26, 2003
Shackleton's Legacy: "Dinosaurs On Ice: Jurassic Dinosaurs from Antarctica"
Lecture by William R. Hammer
Augustana College
Content type: Lecture (originally webcast live)


January 30, 2003
John H. Chafee Memorial Lecture on Science and the Environment
"Obstinate Issues, Sophisticated Solutions:Environmental Science and Education for a New Age"
Dr. Rita R. Colwell
Former Director, National Science Foundation
Content type: Lecture (originally webcast live)


October 28, 2002
"Envisioning Science: The Design and Craft of the Science Image"
Lecture and Exhibit by Felice Frankel
Science Photographer and MIT Research Scientist
Content type: Lecture (originally webcast live)


May 28, 2002
Research at Lake Vostok
International Panel of Scientists at the American Geophysical Union 2002 Spring Meeting
Washington, DC
Content type: Media Briefing (originally webcast live)


March 19, 2002
Symposium
"Small Wonders: Exploring the Vast Potential of Nanoscience"
Speakers:
Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Rita Colwell
Director, National Science Foundation
Keynote Address
Dr. Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, Chemistry
Gene & Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics, Rice University
Content type: Lecture/Presentation (originally webcast live)


January 31, 2002
"Terrorism and the Economy: What We Know and What We Need to Know"
R. Glenn Hubbard
Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
Content type: Lecture


June 5, 2001
Distinguished Lecture
"Superstrings: Einstein's Dream at the New Millennium"
Dr. Sylvester James Gates
John S. Toll Professor of Physics
University of Maryland
Content type: Lecture

 

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