Lecture Previews

From Petals to Pixels: Rob Kesseler

Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Rob Kesseler, professor of ceramic art and design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, will lecture on “The Art & Science of Messing Around with Plants.” Kesseler has previously published Pollen: The Hidden Sexuality of Flowers, written with Madeline Harley, and Seeds: Time Capsules of Life, written with Wolfgang Stuppy. The lecture will cover the past 12 years of his artwork and the processes he used to create it. Kesseler has used digital photography, scanning electron micrography, and ink drawings to produce his works.

Orville M. Winsand Lecture

Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Kresge Theater, College of Fine Arts

The Curator of Film at Tate Modern, Stuart Comer, will discuss his work for the Tate Collection, where he oversees film and video work. Comer also organizes a diverse array of screenings, performances, and events. He edited the book Film and Video Art, and has contributed essays to the books of numerous other artists. He has also spent time as a member of film festival juries, including the 2010 Venice Film Festival and the British Film Institute’s 50th London Film Festival.

Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones

Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Steinberg Auditorium (Baker Hall A53)

Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones will address developments in the Middle East, specifically the success of the U.S. in creating a “diplomatic surge” in Afghanistan.

Jones has had extensive experience with the Foreign Service: Both of her parents were members, and she grew up attending local schools in Moscow and Berlin during the Cold War. Jones later became a member of the Foreign Service herself, serving as ambassador to Kazakhstan for three years in the late 1990s, and later serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia to Colin Powell under the Bush administration.

The Dickson Prize Award Presentation and Lecture

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium

The Dickson Prize in Science will be awarded to Marvin L. Cohen, a physics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who will give a lecture at the ceremony. The Dickson Prize in science is awarded by Carnegie Mellon to the person in the United States regarded to have made the most significant progress in science in the past year. It has a sister medal for excellence in medicine awarded by the University of Pittsburgh.

Cohen is one of the most cited authors of papers in the field of physics and was a president of the American Physical Society. He currently leads a materials research group at UC Berkeley.

Cohen will speak about the troubles that Albert Einstein had in his attempts to gain approval for his thesis research on condensed matter.

Cohen will also address the possible implications of this background for recent work in nanoscience, photovoltaics, and superconductivity. Cohen will explain that while Einstein believed a theoretical explanation in these fields might never be found, he may have been wrong.