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Speaker Series Brings In Renowned Physicist, Mathematician

March 10, 2010 – “Innovation” is the name of the game for the 2009-10 Distinguished Lecture Series at Collin College.

The latest lecture is set for 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center with Dr. Peter Woit, senior lecturer in the mathematics department at Columbia University.

A physicist and mathematician, Dr. Woit graduated in 1979 from Harvard University with bachelor's and master's degrees in physics, and then went on to get a doctorate in theoretical physics from Princeton University.

He has been a postdoc at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook and at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley. Since 1989, he has taught at Columbia University, where in recent years he has taught graduate courses in quantum field theory, representation theory and differential geometry. He runs a blog titled “Not Even Wrong” at www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/ and published a book by the same name.

Dr. Woit’s presentation is titled “Innovation in Physics: The Tangled String Theory.” The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Woit also will host a series of student roundtables and technical presentations from 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m., Thursday, March 25, at the Preston Ridge Campus Shawnee Room.

The Spring Creek Campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano and the Preston Ridge Campus is located at 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco.

In April, the Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes film executive Max Howard and James R. Brown, associate director of Strategic Planning with the Water Quality Protection Division for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

To learn more, call 972.881.5927, e-mail csce@collin.edu or visit www.collin.edu/academics/csce/distinguishedspeakerseries.html.

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