Jan. 15, 2020
'Catalysts of Change' is Theme of Arizona Science Lecture Series
TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona College of Science's annual lecture series will mark its 15th year in 2020 with a series of presentations that provide insight into how the scientific advances are changing the future of life as we know it. The four-week series kicks off Feb. 4 and is themed "Catalysts of Change."
Our world continues to change, with some aspects of our lives changing more rapidly than others. The Arizona Science Lecture Series will explore the catalysts – both positive and negative – influencing the pace of change in four areas of science: climate, space, artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. Advances in our understanding of those topics will have profound implications for how humans will live in the next 20 years and beyond.
"Entering the 15th year of the successful Arizona Science Lecture Series is a testament to our esteemed and dynamic faculty and our amazing community, which is interested in topics such as cosmology, neuroscience, evolution, life science and climate change," said Elliott Cheu, interim dean of the College of Science. "The interest in continued learning within the Tucson community has made this lecture series truly a landmark event for the university."
The free lectures will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays – Feb. 4, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, March 3 – at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. Parking is available for a fee in the Tyndall Avenue Garage, 880 E. Fourth Street.
Each lecture will be livestreamed by Arizona Public Media and will be available as a podcast or video on iTunes U, YouTube and Arizona Public Media approximately one week after the lecture date.
"In 2006 the College of Science launched its first free public lecture series titled 'Evolution.' Now, in 2020, the series continues to be thought-provoking and cross-collaborative with researchers and faculty from across the disciplines," said Joaquin Ruiz, vice president of global environmental futures. "I look forward to seeing the lecture series continue to push boundaries and share important scientific research with our community."
Funding for the 2020 lecture series is provided by its presenting sponsor Tucson Electric Power and its underwriters: Arizona Daily Star, Holualoa Companies, Marshall Foundation, Raytheon, Tucson Medical Center, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the University of Arizona Research Innovation & Impact, and Visit Tucson.
Additional information is available on the Arizona Science Lecture Series website.
Feb. 4, Life Beyond Earth
Feb. 18, Our Rapidly Changing Biosphere
Feb. 25, The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence
March 3, Our World Is Changing Faster Than We Are
College of Science
|The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the university is widely recognized as a student-centric university and has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The university ranked in the top 20 in 2018 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $687 million in annual research expenditures. The university advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 65 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually.|