The Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California invites you to attend the 104th Annual Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lectures.

James Sethian

James H. Simons Chair in Mathematics

The Mathematics of Moving Interfaces: From Industrial Printers and Semiconductors to Medical Imaging and Foamy Fluids

Thursday, March 23
4–5 p.m., free to the public
Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue

James Sethian joined the Berkeley faculty in 1985, after studying at Princeton, Berkeley, and the Courant Institute of Mathematics. He is also the head of the Mathematics Department of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and director of the laboratory’s Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA). His work is in computational fluid mechanics and materials sciences, medical and biomedical image processing, and simulation and optimization of industrial manufacturing processes. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and is the recipient of numerous prizes including the Pioneer Prize from the International Committee on Applied and Industrial Mathematics, the AMS-SIAM Norbert Wiener Prize, and the Cozzarelli Prize from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Thomas W. Laqueur

Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History

How Dogs Make Us Human

Tuesday, April 11
4–5 p.m., free to the public
Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue

Thomas Laqueur began teaching at Berkeley in 1973 after studying at Swarthmore, Princeton, and Oxford. A specialist in the cultural history of modern Europe, Laqueur is a founding editor of the journal Representations and a former director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center of the Humanities. His work — translated into fifteen languages — has focused on the history of popular religion and literacy; on the history the body, alive and dead; and on the history of death and memory. His most recent book, The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Moral Remains, was published by Princeton in 2015. He also writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Threepenny Review, The Guardian, and other journals. In 2007, Laqueur won a $1.5 million Mellon Distinguished Humanist Award that he used to produce an opera based upon the Portuguese author José Saramago’s novel, Death With Interruptions, and to provide seed money for programs in religious studies, human rights, science studies, and other initiatives at Berkeley. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.


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