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Behind the Science with Joe Palca: Insights from Scientific Innovators

Session 5 of 5-Session Lecture Series

Monday, June 6, 2016 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1B0143
S. Dillon Ripley Center
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Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
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Joe Palca

Scientists are among the most interesting people you’ll ever meet, and they do some of the most exciting and creative work imaginable. But for most of us, that work can often seem abstract and hard to grasp.

Back by popular demand, Joe Palca, NPR science correspondent, once again comes to the rescue. He’s gathered a group of scientists to join him for a series that offers insights into what they do—and why it’s important to you. Informal conversations will reveal dynamic fields filled with innovation, passion, and promise that are worlds away from coolly clinical, lab-coated stereotypes. You’ll come away from these entertaining and accessible sessions with plenty of new information, as well as a deeper confidence in your ability to make the connection between science and your life. Last year’s series sold out, so be sure to reserve your spot soon.

Featured Topic: Tribology

Featured Scientist: Irwin Singer, retired physicist, Naval Research Laboratory

This evening, Palca's guest is Irwin Singer, a physicist who retired after 35 years with the Naval Research Laboratory. Singer began his career as an experimental physicist in the field of superconductivity. He describes himself as a “born again surface analyst who evolved into a tribologist by applying surface analysis to problems of friction and wear.” Tribology, the science of rubbing surfaces, contributes to every facet of our everyday life, from live cell friction to engine lubrication and seismology. Palca and Singer sit down for a conversation about this truly multidisciplinary science.

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