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Nobel chemistry laureate Alan Heeger to give talk and hold master class for student researchers

Alan J. Heeger will hold a public master class for undergraduate and graduate students when he visits Lehigh in February to talk about the risks and innovation that led to his winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2000.

Five undergraduate and four graduate students will make presentations on their research projects at Heeger's "Nobel Master Class on Research Strategy and Creativity," which is scheduled to run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Room 91 of the Rauch Business Center.

The students are majoring in a variety of disciplines, including computer science, industrial engineering, earth and environmental sciences, bioengineering, biochemistry, chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental studies, and molecular biology.

Their projects range from "Bone Growth in Zebrafish Fins" to "Seismic Response of Structures" to the "Role of Food in Fertility."

Heeger will question the students about their projects and suggest next steps, said Donald Rockwell, the Paul B. Reinhold Professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, who is helping to organize Heeger's visit.

Heeger, who is professor of physics and professor of materials at the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids at the University of California at Santa Barbara, will discuss "Risk and Innovation in Science - A Personal History: The Route to the Nobel Prize" on Monday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. in Room 101 of Packard Laboratory Auditorium.

The talk, part of the Distinguished Lecture Series of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, will discuss the connection between creativity and risk-taking in scientific research and the development of technology.

Heeger shared the Nobel Prize with Alan MacDiarmid and Hideki Shirakawa. The three were colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1970s when they made discoveries that led to the development of plastic electronics, including flexible transistors and light-emitting plastic displays.

A reception will be held for Heeger in the lobby of Packard Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7.

Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2005

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