NC State Sciences Lectures

North Carolina State UniversityCollege of SciencesExplore the origins of the universe and the mysteries of animal behavior at NC State’s College of Sciences during the week of April 10. The two lectures are part of the Year One Events Series celebrating the new college, which launched in 2013 and brought together NC State’s people and programs in the biological, physical and mathematical sciences.

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April 10

John C. Mather

Senior Astrophysicist

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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. The talk begins at 4 p.m. in 2203 SAS Hall.

April 14

Iain Couzin


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. The event begins 4:30 in 2203 SAS Hall. A pre-talk reception starts at 4 p.m.

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