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STEM Summer Lecture Series

The Office of College Admission is pleased to announce a series of STEM summer lectures meant to supplement a campus visit to Brown. This summer, we are highlighting the Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics programs.

Mathematics @ Brown
Visualizing Energy Minimization
Presented by Professor Richard Schwartz
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
115 Waterman Street, CIT Room 368
Department of Mathematics
Professor Schwartz will answer questions about the undergraduate program in math, and will showcase some computer programs he wrote which have to do with putting particles in a space and then moving them around so as to minimize their total potential energy.  Some of these programs are purely for the sake of illustration and some are dedicated to proving some previously open conjectures about the problem. As Professor Schwartz demonstrates the programs, he will talk about how they work and what they do.

Engineering @ Brown
Introduction to Engineering Programs at Brown
Presented by Professor Allan Bower
Monday, July 24, 2017
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
184 Hope Street, Barus & Holley Building Room 166
School of Engineering
Professor Bower, Director of Undergraduate Programs, School of Engineering, explains the nuts and bolts of the engineering curriculum: the engineering core, degree programs, and a tradition of engineering excellence combined with Brown’s renowned ‘open’ curriculum in the liberal arts.

Applied Mathematics @ Brown
Why Study Applied Math, and at Brown?
Presented by Professors Paul Dupuis and Constantine Dafermos
Friday, July 28, 2017
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
182 George Street Room 110
Division of Applied Mathematics
Professors Dupuis and Dafermos will  speak about studying applied math at Brown: undergraduate concentrations, student research, faculty scholarly interests, and the role of applied mathematics in interdisciplinary studies across the University, and in the new Data Science Initative at Brown.

Environmental Geoscience @ Brown
Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Climate and Climate Change
Presented by Professors Tim Herbert and Jan Tullis
Friday, August 4, 2017
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
180 Thayer Street, Lincoln Field Building Room 209
Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science
Professor Herbert will speak about his research at Brown and Professor Tullis will be available to answer questions about the undergraduate program in geological, environmental and planetary sciences.

Physics @ Brown
The Jazz of Physics: The link between music and the structure of the universe
Presented by Professor Stephon Alexander
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
85 Waterman Street, Room 130
Department of Physics
In this talk we will revisit the interconnection between music and the evolution of astrophysics and the laws of motion. We will explore new ways music, in particular jazz music, mirrors modern physics, such as quantum mechanics, general relativity and the physics of the early universe.  Finally, we will discuss ways that innovations in physics have been and can be inspired from "improvisational logic" exemplified in jazz performance and practice.

Please plan to arrive a few minutes prior to the start of the session.
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Feel free to email if you have questions or if you cannot attend but want us to inform you about additional lectures.