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Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series

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Mark your calendar and plan to arrive early for these popular FREE lectures—now in their 14th year!—sponsored by the SMC Associates (, and the SMC Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Sciences departments. For details, call (310) 434-4761.
 Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.


Exploring the Synthesis and Applications of Graphene

Dr. Richard Kaner

Dr. Richard Kaner—with a joint appointment in UCLA’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as the Department of Material Science and Engineering—is an expert in refractory materials, with awards from the Dreyfus, Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Sloan Foundations, as well as the American Chemical Society’s Buck−Whitney Research Award.

Tue, September 22 | 11:15am | Free | Science 140

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Cardiac CT Scanning: An Emerging Imaging Modality in Cardiology

Dr. Sion Roy, MD

Dr. Sion “Shy” Roy—a cardiologist at Harbor UCLA Hospital—is on the board of trustees for the California Medical Association (CMA) and LA County Medical Association (LACMA), vice-chair for the Santa Monica-Malibu School District Health and Safety District Advisory Committee, and a member of the SMC Bond Oversight Committee and General Advisory Board.

Thu, October 8 | 11:15am | Free | Science 140


Deep Sea Sediments –Archives for Ocean and Climate History

Dr. Helmut Weissert

Dr. Helmut Weissert—professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich and president of the Swiss Geological Commission—will discuss his research in the fields of sedimentology, paleoclimatology, and the interaction of past climate with the evolution of the biosphere.

Thu, October 15 | 11:15am | Free | Science 140

Losers Can Sometimes Be Winners – A Very Personal Journey in Academia

(with a side trip to a world of high paying, societally important, and deeply rewarding health care jobs that you never heard of)

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Dr. Gene Siegal, MD

Dr. Gene Siegal—Robert W. Mowry Endowed Professor of Pathology and director of the Anatomic Pathology Division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, UAB Health System Executive Vice-Chair of Pathology, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London—will talk about his research on bone tumors (a field where he is a recognized world authority) and related conditions, and new developments in the field of cancer biology. Sponsored by the SMC Associates ( and SMC’s GRIT Program.

Thu, October 29 | 11:15am | Free | Science 140​​​