2016 Carolyn & Charles Knobler Lecture

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Professor Sharon Glotzer (University of Michigan) gave the 2nd annual Carolyn & Charles Knobler Lecture on May 23rd.

Glotzer is the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Her lecture was titled “Entropy, Information and Alchemy in Colloids and Nanoparticles”. Glotzer received her B.S. in Physics from UCLA in 1987 and her Ph.D. in Physics in 1993 from Boston University under the direction of H. Eugene Stanley. She is editor of several scientific journals, including ACS Nano, of which UCLA’s Prof. Paul Weiss is Senior Editor.

The lecture was well-attended by colleagues, students, and friends and was followed by a lively question-and-answer period and then by a reception in the Young Hall Cafe Commons. Select photos from the event are below.  

The Carolyn & Charles Knobler Lectureship is made possible by the strong support of alumni, colleagues, and friends. The 2015 inaugural lecture was given by Prof. Donald Hilvert, Department of Chemistry & Applied Biosciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

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Prof. William Gelbart made the opening remarks at the lecture.  Prof. Paul Weiss introduced Glotzer.

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A UCLA alumna, 

Glotzer reminisced about her time at UCLA and the hairstyles of the 80’s.

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Glotzer’s lecture was titled “Entropy, Information and Alchemy in Colloids and Nanoparticles”.

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(From left) At the reception following the lecture – Prof. Charles Knobler, Glotzer, Dr. Carolyn Knobler, Gelbart.

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ACS Nano editors Glotzer, Prof. Andre Nel

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Photos by Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.