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    The Emma Kay Malmstrom Lecture

    The Emma Kay Malmstrom Lecture in Physics were established in 1991 by her husband Carl Malmstrom (Hamline Physics class of 1936) in memory of his wife Emma Kay. Carl Malmstrom has also established a generous fund to support undergraduate research in the Physics Department at Hamline University.

    Each year in May high school students from Minnesota and surrounding states are invited to the lecture with the hope of stimulating their interest in the study of physics. The evening before the lecture, the Physics department hosts a dinner and lecture for our physics majors and colleagues from other departments, colleges and universities in the metropolitan area.

    The lecture is free and open to the public - please join us to hear this exciting voice from the world of physics!

    In 1991 the new Robbins Science Center was dedicated. The Kay Malmstrom Lectures began in 1992 and have included an eminent group of scholars, writers and scientists.
      

    Upcoming Lecture

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    Past Lectures 

    2012

    "When Freezing Cold is Not Cold Enough: New Forms of Matter Close to Absolute Zero Temperature." Dr. Wolfgang Ketterle

    2011

    Spring: "Exploring the Warped Side of the Universe." Dr. Nergis Malvalvala

    2011

    Fall: "E=mc^2: Opening Windows on the World." Dr. Young-Kee Kim

    2010

    "Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole." Dr. Jordan Goodman

    2009 

    "Superposition, Entanglement, and Raising Schrödinger’s Cat" Dr. David Wineland

    2008

    "How to Make Atoms Sing and Molecules Dance-Using Fast Light Pulses to Observe and Control Nature" Dr. Margaret Murnane

    2007

    "Modern Cosmology & Superstring Theory: Can They Co-Exist?" Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr.

    2006

    "Stopping Time" Dr. Eric Mazur

    2005

    Malstrom Lecture - 2005 Dr. Ramon Lopez

    2004

    "Stone Cold Science" Dr. Eric Cornell. 2001 Nobel Laureate for collaborative work involving Bose-Einstein Condensate.

    2003

    "Our Preposterous Universe" Dr. Sean Carroll

    2002

    "Sunlight and Ice Crystals in the Skies of Antarctica" Dr. Robert Greenler

    2001

    "The Physics of Star Trek" Dr. Lawrence Krauss

    2000

    "Almost Absolute Zero: The Story of Laser Cooling and Trapping." Dr. William D. Phillips of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 1997 Nobel Laureate for collaborative work involving the cooling and trapping of atoms with lasers.

    1999

    "Space Astronomy in the 21st Century" Dr. John C. Mather. Nasa Goddard Lab for Astronomy and Solar Physics

    1998

    "Voodoo Science" Dr. Robert Park. University of Maryland, author of the controversial weekly commentary, What's New, on science policy issues.

    1997

    "Quark-The Big And Small Of It" Dr. Melissa Franklin. Harvard University, The Top Quark.

    1996

    "So Many Galaxies... So Little Time" Dr. Margaret Geller Harvard University, Astronomer, recipient the MacArthur Fellowship.

    1995

    "The Quark And The Jaguar" Dr. Murray Gell-Mann. 1969 Nobel Laureate for classifying the elementary particles.

    1994

    "Science And The Human Condition" Dr. Daniel Kleppner MIT, quantum optics, and experimental atomic physics.

    1993

    "Rumors of Perfection: New Ideas About Cosmic Evolution" Timothy Ferris. Science writer and essayist, wrote and narrated the the PBS special "The Creation of the Universe."

    1992

    "The Cosmic Quark" Dr. Leon Lederman. 1988 Nobel Laureate for collaborative work that led to development of a new tool for studying the weak nuclear force.

    1991

    (Dedication of Robbins Science Building.) Dr. Arno A. Penzias. 1978 Nobel Laureate with Robert K. Wilson for discovering the cosmic background radiation.