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Annual symposium for Undergraduate Research Summer Institute to include address by Cal-Berkeley computer scientist Christos Papadimitriou, on September 25, 2013

The annual URSI symposium will be September 25 from 3:00-6:45pm in the Villard Room, beginning with oral presentations by five of this summer’s student researchers. At 4:15 computer scientist and keynoter Christos H. Papadimitriou will discuss “Computational Insights and the Theory of Evolution”, immediately followed by a gallery of student poster presentations on the all of the 2013 URSI projects.

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Key physicist in 2012 Higgs boson particle discovery Sau Lan Wu, a Vassar alumna, to discuss scientific breakthrough on October 22, 2012

According to the standard model of particle physics 17 types of subatomic particles explain everything we know about matter, but only 16 had been scientifically observed until this past July. That’s when Vassar alumna Sau Lan Wu and a team of fellow physicists announced their proof of the existence of the Higgs boson, sometimes referred to as the “God particle”, which explains how matter has mass. The new findings on the Higgs boson have now passed scientific peer review, and on Monday, October 22 at 5:00pm in Rockefeller Hall room 300, Dr. Wu will discuss the decades of international effort that led to this research breakthrough (the notion of the particle was suggested by namesake physicist Peter Higgs in 1964).

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See the award-winning hit solo show, Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze, at Vassar College on September 14, 2012.

Vassar’s Mathematics Department in cooperation with the Drama Department presents one performance only of the award-winning hit solo show, Truth Values. One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze, on Friday, September 14, at 7:00pm in the Martel Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. Free and open to the public, Truth Values, a project of Unexpected Theater, is written and performed by Gioia De Cari and directed by Miriam Eusebio. A panel discussion with De Cari and Vassar women science faculty will follow the performance. For reservations, email boxoffice@vassar.edu or call (845) 437-5599.

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Nobel Prize-winning neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel will discuss “Memory and the Biological Basis of Individuality” at the Undergraduate Research Summer Institute symposium, October 1, 2011.

Columbia University neuropsychiatrist Eric R. Kandel, a 2000 Nobel Prize winner for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage, will deliver the keynote address at the annual Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) symposium on Saturday, October 1, at 3:45pm in the Villard Room of Main Building. The overall symposium (2:30-6:15pm in the Villard Room) showcases collaborative experiments, explorations, and critical analyses conducted by Vassar students and faculty during this past summer’s annual ten-week URSI program. All activities are free and open to the public.

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