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Posted: January 31, 2008

Talks on 'Bubbles' and 'Nanotechnology' in February

(Nanowerk News) February speakers for the Scholar Series sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and the Fort Smith Public Library are Dr. Daniel Pinzon, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Kevin Lewelling, associate professor of electrical engineering.
Dr. Pinzon’s topic on Feb. 14 will be “Bubbles: Simple Questions with Surprisingly Hard Answers.” Dr. Lewelling’s talk on Feb. 28 will discuss “Bottoms Up: Nanotechnology.” Both talks are at 7 p.m. and will be held in the first floor community room at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. There is no admission charge, and the events are open to the public.
Dr. Pinzon’s topic on Feb. 14 points to Ancient Greece, but he then plans to illustrate part of the issue by posing a “non-bubble” problem involving two pieces of land needing to be fenced in with pieces separated from each other. He asks how much fencing is needed and what shape the fenced-in areas will take.
Dr. Lewelling, who plans to give a broad overview of nanotechnology on Feb. 28, said he will show two real-world applications in nanotechnology, making a presentation in such a way that listeners need not be experts to understand the revolutionary changes this technology will bring about.
Pinzon came to UA Fort Smith in 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics with a concentration in mathematics from Cornell University in New York. He has a master’s and a doctorate, both in mathematics, from the University of Kentucky. Lewelling, who came to UA Fort Smith in 2004, received a bachelor’s in industrial management from East Central University in Oklahoma. His master’s and doctorate, both in electrical engineering, are from the University of Oklahoma.
Future talks in the Scholar Series include “Hidden Jewels, Unusual Lives: The Slime Molds” by Dr. Rod Nelson and Dr. Lynda Nelson, March 13; “Have You Heard About Listening?” by Lori Norin, March 27; “’The Big Bear of Arkansas’ and Southwestern Humor” by Roy Hill, April 10; and “Depression in the Elderly: A Growing Problem” by Sydney Fulbright, April 24.
Professional development credit is available for teachers in public and private schools.
For more information on the series, contact Dr. Rebecca Timmons, executive director of the Center for Lifelong Learning, by telephone at 788-7212 or by email at btimmons@uafortsmith.edu.
Source: University of Arkansas
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