“Atomistic Computer Simulations: Past, Present and Future”
Michele Parrinello is an Italian physicist particularly known for his work in molecular dynamics (the computer simulation of physical movements of atoms and molecules). Parrinello and Roberto Car were awarded the Dirac Medal and the Sidney Fernbach Award in 2009 for their continuing development of the Car-Parrinello method, first proposed in their seminal 1985 paper “Unified Approach for Molecular Dynamics and Density-Functional Theory”.
Michele Parinello received his Laurea in physics from the University of Bologna in 1968. After working at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, the IBM research lab in Zurich, and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, he was appointed Professor of Computational Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in 2001, a position he also holds at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. In 2004 he was elected to Great Britain’s Royal Society. In 2011 he was awarded the Marcel Benoist Prize. He currently has an h-index of 108, which is one of the highest among all scientists.
Reception to be held in 2136 Newman and Wolfrom Lab following the lecture
2016 Pitzer Lecturer: Dr. Sarah Reisman
“Necessity is the Mother of Invention: Natural Products and the Chemistry they Inspire ”
Sarah E. Reisman conducted undergraduate studies at Connecticut College in New London, CT, where she became interested in organic synthesis working in the laboratory of Prof. Timo Ovaska. After receiving her BA in Chemistry in 2001, Sarah enrolled in graduate studies at Yale University and joined the research group of Prof. John Wood. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry in 2006, conducting research in the area of natural product synthesis. As an NIH post-doctoral fellow, Sarah pursued studies in the field of asymmetric catalysis working with Prof. Eric Jacobsen at Harvard University. In 2008, Sarah joined the faculty at the California Institute of Technology where she is now a Professor of Chemistry. Her laboratory seeks to discover, develop, and study new chemical reactions within the context of natural product total synthesis.
September 20, 2016
2016 Pitzer Lecturer: Dr. Emily Carter
“Sustainable Energy Phenomena from First Principles: From Fuel Cells to Fusion”