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Hutton Honors College

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From the Ig Nobel to the Nobel Prize

An undergraduate discussion lunch with Nobel Laureate in Physics Sir Andre Geim

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 12:30-2 p.m.
Harlos House (1331 E. Tenth St.)
Sign-up required

Sir Andre Geim's most notable scientific achievements include ground-breaking experiments in graphene, the development of a biomimetic adhesive which became known as gecko tape, and research into diamagnetic levitation (which resulted in the famous flying frog experiment!). In 2010 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Konstantin Novoselov, for their work on the two-dimensional material graphene, "an almost unfathomably strong yet thin form of carbon-one atom in width. . . . -so thin that it is almost completely invisible to the naked eye, but counter-intuitively, it is also among the strongest materials yet discovered . . . [with] potentially invaluable . . . applications ranging from light panels to touch screens and integrated circuitry." Read more about this important scientific finding here.

He also shared the 2000 Ig Nobel Prize (an American parody of the Nobel prizes) with Sir Michael Berry of Bristol University, for levitating frogs, which makes him the first person to win an Ig and a real Nobel. Science Watch has three times listed his work among the "hottest research" in the world:

Russian-born, he has taught at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands and is currently on the faculty at the University of Manchester, England, where he holds titled professorships. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mott (2007) and Hughes (2010) medals and was awarded honorary doctorates by Delft University, ETH Zurich, and University of Antwerp. Join Professor Geim for lunch to learn more about his work and its potential impact. The conversation can range as widely as you would like.

SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this event, please e-mail Anna Duquaine (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "Andre Geim" program and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied. The lunch is co-sponsored by the Wells Scholars Program.

Sir Andre Geim will also be giving a public Konopinski Memorial Lecture in Physics on his "Random Walk to Graphene" on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Hall at the IMU. More information on his public lecture can be found here.

IU Alumna Libby Baney

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