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Annual symposium for Undergraduate Research Summer Institute to include address by Cal-Berkeley computer scientist Christos Papadimitriou, on September 25, 2013

The annual URSI symposium will be September 25 from 3:00-6:45pm in the Villard Room, beginning with oral presentations by five of this summer’s student researchers. At 4:15 computer scientist and keynoter Christos H. Papadimitriou will discuss “Computational Insights and the Theory of Evolution”, immediately followed by a gallery of student poster presentations on the all of the 2013 URSI projects.


Key physicist in 2012 Higgs boson particle discovery Sau Lan Wu, a Vassar alumna, to discuss scientific breakthrough on October 22, 2012

According to the standard model of particle physics 17 types of subatomic particles explain everything we know about matter, but only 16 had been scientifically observed until this past July. That’s when Vassar alumna Sau Lan Wu and a team of fellow physicists announced their proof of the existence of the Higgs boson, sometimes referred to as the “God particle”, which explains how matter has mass. The new findings on the Higgs boson have now passed scientific peer review, and on Monday, October 22 at 5:00pm in Rockefeller Hall room 300, Dr. Wu will discuss the decades of international effort that led to this research breakthrough (the notion of the particle was suggested by namesake physicist Peter Higgs in 1964).


Feminist icon and Ms. magazine co-founder Gloria Steinem to mark publication’s 40th anniversary with talk in the Vassar Chapel, on September 19, 2012.

Writer, lecturer, editor, feminist activist, and Ms. magazine co-founder Gloria Steinem will mark the publication’s 40th anniversary with a talk in the Vassar Chapel on Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00pm, followed by a question-and-answer session. This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Women’s Studies program. No reservations. First come, first seated.

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