Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, presented lectures on “origins of life” at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; the University of South Dakota; and the University of California, Davis. He also presented a lecture on “diamond synthesis” at Brown University, as well as lectures on “mineral evolution” at Brown University and the Smithsonian Institute. His work on deep carbon science was featured in an article in the American Chemical Society’s Chemical and Engineering News.
Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, was the keynote speaker at Denison University’s East Asian Film and Lecture Series, “Politics and Culture in Post-’89 China.” She also discussed the challenges of making her film, “The Gate of Heavenly Peace.”
Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, was appointed a senior editor of Astrobiology, the official journal of the Astrobiological Society. He also wrote “The Planetary Biology Subcommittee Versus Richard M. Nixon,” which appeared in the February 2012 issue of Astrobiology.
James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, participated in the Liberal Arts Council at the Western Governors University in Salt Lake City. He also attended the Economics Institute for Judges, in Orange, Calif., and presented “The Scientific Method, Elements of Scientific Decision Making and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs: The Scientific Method in Action.”