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SUBJECT: Memorial University presents Canada Research Chair’s lecture Can New Technologies Change Life?
DATE: Oct. 6, 2005

Can New Technologies Change Life?, the next installment of Memorial University’s Canada Research Chair’s lecture series, takes place on Tuesday, Oct.11, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. in the Junior Common Room, R. Gushue Hall, Irwin’s Road.

Dr. Dr. Qiying Chen, Canada Research Chair in Photonics, will present a lecture titled The Speed of Light. Current optoelectronic devices, with functions ranging from light emission, modulation, transmission, to information display and storage, have been hindered by the resolution at both the time and space scales. Dr. Chen will discuss new photonic technologies to exceed the current limitations and their applications in telecommunication, manufacture, earth science and life science.

Dr. Paul G. Mezey, Canada Research Chair in Scientific Modeling and Simulation, will present a lecture titled The Wonders of Molecules. As humans, we are made up of nothing else but atoms, combined into molecules and other structures. That is what we are made of, and there is nothing else in us. Know thyself, but how much do we know about molecules? Molecules, even life-forming molecules such as proteins, are tiny. How can we know anything about them? Many experiments can address specific questions, but the tools of e-science, computer modeling and simulation, can address practically any question concerning molecules. Dr. Mezey will explore recent developments in the molecular world.

The lecture is open to the public. Parking is available in front of R. Gushue Hall and Lot 15. A reception will follow the lectures.

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