Lecture Previews

Chris Jarzynski

Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Wean 7500

University of Maryland chemistry professor Chris Jarzynski will deliver a lecture titled “Irreversibility and the Second Law of Thermodynamics at the Nanoscale.” Jarzynski will examine the way in which the laws of thermodynamics act when applied to microscopic systems.

Jarzynski received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkley. His research focuses on statistical mechanics at the molecular level.

Peter Norvig

Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Rashid Auditorium (Gates Hillman Complex 4401)

Peter Norvig, the director of research at Google, will give a talk titled “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data.”

Norvig will discuss the ways in which probabilistic inference from data (to model speech, for example) becomes more effective as data sets grow larger.

Norvig has worked for Google since 2002, first serving as the director of search quality. He has since served as the head of the computational sciences division at NASA’s Ames Research Center, and has authored several books on computer science. In addition to his other accomplishments, Norvig is the author of the world’s longest palindromic sentence.

Ann Mei Chang

Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Rashid Auditorium (Gates Hillman Complex 4401)

Ann Mei Chang, senior adviser for women and technology in the U.S. Secretary of State’s office of global women’s issues, will speak at a joint lecture co-sponsored by TechBridgeWorld, the School of Computer Science, and the Heinz School as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series.

Chang has served as the senior engineering director for emerging markets at Google, and was the vice president of engineering at There, a tech start-up company that built a virtual world. She has also held positions in several other Silicon Valley start-ups.

Kori Schake

Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Wean 5421

Kori Schake will deliver a lecture titled “National Security in a Time of Austerity.” Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and an associate professor at the United States Military Academy.

She has previously held the Distinguished Chair of International Security Studies at West Point and is currently on the boards of the Centre for European Reform and the journal Orbis. In 2008, she served as a senior adviser to the McCain-Palin presidential campaign.