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Pioneering interdisciplinary research highlights Research Institutes’ 50th anniversary

The University of Chicago’s James Franck and Enrico Fermi Institutes will celebrate their 50th anniversaries Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19 and 20, with a two-day symposium, “Interdisciplinary Science and Technology: Past Experience and Prospects for the Twenty-first Century.” The Research Institutes are two of the oldest centers for interdisciplinary scientific research in the world. In the Institutes, scientists from physics, chemistry, astronomy, geophysics, materials science and mathematics work together to solve problems that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. Invited speakers at the symposium include leaders from science, industry and government. Contact David Oxtoby, Director of the James Franck Institute, (773)702-7180. "Doomsday Clock” setting to be debated at Bulletin’s 50th

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, founded in 1945 at the University of Chicago, will celebrate its 50th anniversary Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7 and 8. The event will feature a debate over the setting of the “Doomsday Clock,” which has served for many decades as a symbol for the threat of nuclear destruction. For the first time ever, the debate will be conducted as a public forum, titled “What Time Is It?” The clock currently stands at 17 minutes to midnight, although in 1953 it came as close as two minutes to midnight after both the United States and the Soviet Union successfully tested hydrogen bombs. Contact Michael Moore, Editor, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, (773)702-2555. Gearing up for the Advanced Photon Source

The Consortium for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS), headquartered at the University of Chicago, is developing two sectors, with plans for a third, at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source (APS). BioCARS, GeoSoilEnviroCARS and ChemMatCARS will use the unprecedented brilliance of the APS X-rays to study problems in the biological sciences, in geophysics, soil and environmental science, and in chemistry and materials science. CARS is a consortium formed between the University of Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University and a large group of scientists from across the United States. Experiments are expected to be under way by March 1996. Contact Keith Moffat, Executive Director of CARS, (773)702-9950.
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