CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 6, 2002
Sept. 16 talk to discuss 'cross-fertilization' in the sciences
The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences department of
physics and astronomy will sponsor a colloquium hosted by Usha Mallik on "The
Many Splendors in Sciences at a Linear Collider" at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept.
16 in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.
The free, public talk will be presented by Barry C. Barish, Ronald and Maxine
Linde Professor of Physics and director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave
Observatory (LIGO) at the California Institute of Technology. Barish, who
was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002, will discuss how
cross-fertilization among various scientific disciplines is helping scientists
to benefit from one another's research. In particular, he will discuss how
the upcoming high-energy linear collider project can benefit fields such as
femtochemistry, microbiology and nanoscale studies.
As an experimental high-energy physicist at Caltech since 1963, Barish has
been involved in some of the foremost U.S. and international projects. He
was responsible for the definitive experiment at Fermilab that provided evidence
of the "weak neutral current," the linchpin of the electroweak theory
for which Sheldon Glashow, Abdus Salam, and Steven Weinberg won the Nobel
Prize. Since 1997, he has directed the LIGO project, an NSF-funded collaboration
between Caltech and MIT for detecting gravitational waves from exotic sources
such as colliding black holes. He is currently involved in the neutrino experiment
inside the Soudan Underground Mine in Minnesota.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored
events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this
program are asked to contact the department of physics and astronomy at 319-335-1686.