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Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series


Mark your calendar and plan to arrive early for these popular FREE lectures—now in their 15th 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.

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​Self-Assembled Nanomaterials – Using Basic Science to Move Toward Solutions to Practical Problems in Energy Storage, Energy Harvesting, and Nanomagnetics

Sarah Tolbert

Sarah Tolbert—a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA—will discuss her group’s current research in understanding and controlling structure and periodicity in complex nanostructured composite materials, and in exploiting that periodicity for a range of structural, optical, and electronic materials applications.

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

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2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: 

Inspiring Healthy Campuses! It’s Your Health and You’re in Charge!

Dr. Barbara Millen

Dr. Barbara E. Millen—recent chair of the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and current president of the academic consulting firm Boston Nutrition Foundation, Inc. (BNF), as well as president of the research-driven life sciences corporation Millennium Prevention, Inc. (MP)—will discuss the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and their importance in preventing and controlling major health problems, including overweight and obesity, hypertension and heart disease, diabetes, and diet-related cancers.

Tue, September 13 | 11:15am | Free | Science 140

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Studying Earthquakes from Space

Dr. Andrea Donnellan

Award-winning NASA-JPL research scientist Dr. Andrea Donnellan—president of the American Geophysical Union’s Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group, principal investigator of NASA’s GeoGateway project, and editor of the American Geophysical Union’s journal “Earth and Space Science”—will discuss how NASA space technology is used to study earthquake development, ground deformation, and patterns.

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

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 Feeding Ourselves

 Bonnie Modugno

Bonnie Modugno, MS, RD—a nutrition consultant and author who specializes in metabolic health, weight management, and sports nutrition, and offers nutrition counseling and support to help clients cultivate a personalized approach to food—will talk about dietary choices and their influences on health and wellbeing.

Tue, November 1 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165

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