March 06, 2007

Acclaimed physicist and author Lisa Randall to give 2007 Distinguished Lecture at Case Western Reserve University


One of the most talked about questions in science is, "how many dimensions exist?" Lisa Randall, the author of Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions, will discuss the possibilities of dimensions beyond the known four when she gives the free, public 2007 Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by Case Western Reserve University, at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, in Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave.

"Lisa Randall is an emerging star of science with her new view of the universe. As a woman in the field of science, she exhibits the qualities of a stellar scientist and is a role model for women interested in pursuing a career in science," said Sandra Russ, a Case professor of psychology and chair of the Distinguished Lecture Series.

"I've found that many people—even those who don't view themselves as science enthusiasts—are fascinated by the topics of extra dimensions, brane-worlds and their experimental signals," said Randall, a theoretical physicist from Harvard University.

Randall's abilities as a communicator enrich her audiences with an understanding of such complicated and sophisticated concepts of string theory, holography, supersymmetry and cosmology—all theories that work to help scientists understand how the universe is constructed and functions.

"Lisa has done important work in particle physics, and along with several other scientists, instigated widespread interest in the exciting possibility that extra dimensions of space may exist that may be large enough to be probed by experiments," said Lawrence Krauss, Case professor of physics and the author of Hiding in the Mirror, a science book about man's fascination over time with extra dimensions.

"It is a bold idea that, while a long shot, has spurred a great deal of research in the (physics) community. Her work extends ideas originally based in string theory to a realm where there is some chance they might be measurable," added Krauss.

Randall's research on elementary particles and fundamental forces has won her an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, a U.S. Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award and the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Physical Society. In addition to teaching at Harvard, she has been on the faculty of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University.

Registration is encouraged online at or call 216-368-2417 for information.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 6, 2007 10:28 AM | News Topics: Authors, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives, Research, Science

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