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April 1, 2003

Renowned Physicist Will Lecture April 7-8.

David Awschalom, professor of physics and director of the Center for Spintronics and Quantum Computation, University of California, Santa Barbara, will lecture on spintronics April 7-8 at the University of Iowa as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

His free, public lecture, “Beyond Electronics: Spintronics and Quantum Computers,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

He is also scheduled to speak at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in Room 301, Van Allen Hall on "Optoelectronic Control of Electron and Nuclear Spin." In addition, he will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7 in Room 301, Van Allen Hall on “Manipulating Quantum Information with Semiconductor Spintronics.”

Awschalom is a world-renowned researcher in the area of spintronics, the exploration and use of the magnetic properties of electrons in optics and electronics, as well as the application of spintronics to quantum computation. He joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara after ten years in research at IBM. His honors and awards include: Outstanding Investigator Prize from the Materials Research Society; Fellow of the American Physical Society; University of California Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research; and Wohlfarth Prize Lecturer. He is also the author of a June 2002 article in Scientific American on Spintronics.

His visit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences department of physics and astronomy, the Optical Science and Technology Center and the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professor Program.

Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her family farm to the UI Foundation in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a fund to bring a variety of top scholars to the university for lectures and discussions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the department of physics and astronomy by April 4 at 335-1688.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu

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