Foster Hewett Lecture

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
Whitaker Auditorium

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences presents the 2014 Foster Hewett Lectures, with its keynote:

"Genesis: the scientific quest for life’s origin”
Robert Hazen
Carnegie Institution - Geophysical Laboratory

Hazen is author of more than 350 articles and 20 books on science, history, and music. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he has received the Mineralogical Society of America Award (1982), the American Chemical Society Ipatieff Prize (1986), the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award (1989), the Educational Press Association Award (1992), the Elizabeth Wood Science Writing Award (1998), and the Distinguished Public Service Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America (2009). Hazen’s recent research focuses on the role of minerals in the origin of life, including such processes as mineral-catalyzed organic synthesis and the selective adsorption of organic molecules on mineral surfaces. He has also developed a new approach to mineralogy, called “mineral evolution,” which explores the co-evolution of the geo- and biospheres.

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