Events

Summer Sundays

For several weeks each summer, Brookhaven Lab welcomes members of the public to its site. We plan days that include visits to our facilities, opportunities to speak with our researchers, special activities for adults and children, and much more—and it’s all free!

See the schedule and detailed information at www.bnl.gov/stakeholder/summerSundays.php

 


Pegram Lectures: "Reminiscences of a Public Science Policy Wonk"

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 4:00 pm

Berkner Hall Auditorium

Presented by Richard N.Zare, Chemistry Department, Stanford University

Hosted by: Peter Wanderer

One thing just leads to another. Relatively early in my career I was fortunate enough to be appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee of IBM, during a time when IBM had such a thing. As a "token chemist" on this committee, this experience opened my eyes to a much wider world than chemistry; it led to my service for six years (1992-1998) as a member of the National Science Board (NSB) of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the last two years as its chair. During the time I was chair of NSB, I made an official visit to China and met with the Director of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and gained their trust. This led to my service in 2011-2012 as chair of an international committee to assess the performance of NSFC. To my surprise and delight many of my committee's recommendations have been adopted. Presently, I am chairing COSEPUP, the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy of the three academies, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. I want to share with you some of the high and low points of these ventures into trying to shape public science policy in China and in the US.

 


Pegram Lectures: "Mass Spectrometry: Drop by Drop"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:00 am

Berkner Hall Auditorium

Presented by Richard N.Zare, Chemistry Department, Stanford University

Hosted by: Peter Wanderer

A breakthrough in mass spectrometry is the generation of ions under ambient conditions, that is, at atmospheric pressure and at room temperature, outside the mass spectrometer. One popular introduction method is to transport the ions inside microdroplets to the inlet of the mass spectrometer. This talk will describe recent efforts in my laboratory to use droplet-delivered ions as a means of capturing and identifying reaction intermediates and as a means of mass spectrometric imaging of surfaces for their chemical content.

 

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