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September 29: Provost’s Lecture with Klaus S. Lackner

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Klaus Lackner is the Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University. Searching for quarks, he and George Zweig developed the chemistry of atoms with fractional nuclear charge. He is still participating in matter searches for particles with a non-integer charge in an experiment conducted at Stanford by Martin Perl and his group.

In recent years, he has published on the behavior of high explosives, novel approaches to inertial confinement fusion, and numerical algorithms. His interest in self-replicating machine systems has been recognized by Discover magazine as one of seven ideas that could change the world. Presently he is developing innovative approaches to energy issues of the future.

Lackner has been instrumental in forming ZECA, the Zero Emission Coal Alliance, which is an industry-led effort to develop coal power with zero emissions to the atmosphere. His recent work is on environmentally acceptable technologies for the use of fossil fuels.

This Provost’s Lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will be held on Wednesday, September 29, at 12:00 pm at the Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1.

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