Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, had his book “The Story of Earth” selected for the Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Prize short list (the winner to be announced in October), and the Kirkus Review top 25 nonfiction books of 2012. He gave a keynote lecture on “The Diamond Makers” at the Industrial Diamond Association convention in Baltimore. He lectured on “Carbon at the Extremes” at a Nobel Symposium in Stockholm and presented lectures on mineral evolution and origins of life as a visiting professor at the University of Milan, Italy. He presented the plenary lecture “Earth’s Carbon through Deep Time” at the Goldschmidt (Geochemical Society) Conference in Florence, Italy. He was also featured in six lectures on a Scientific American cruise to the Norwegian fjords.
John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Studies, gave a presentation to the U.S. State Department on traditional leadership in northern Nigeria.
Steven Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, participated in a three-day roundtable with business leaders, academics, and business school deans at the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program in Aspen, Colo. The discussions focused on ways to change norms of behavior among corporate executives, directors and Wall Street money managers to incorporate the needs and interests of a wider arrangement of company stakeholders beyond simply shareholders. He participated in a roundtable discussion of “Reevaluating the Values of Free Market Competition” as part of the Legatum Institute’s ongoing Morality and Capitalism series.