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Nobel prize winning physicist Eric Cornell to speak at ACU

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Oct. 30, 2003

Nobel prize-winning physicist Dr. Eric Cornell will speak at ACU at a lecture open to the general public Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Hart Auditorium on ACU's campus. Cornell will also speak to physics classes and groups of students the next day.

Cornell's public lecture will be on the topic "Stone Cold Science: Bose-Einstein Condensation and the Weird World of Physics a Millionth of a Degree from Absolute Zero." He will explain how and why atoms act the way they do when the temperature drops and the theory of this process, which scientists Albert Einstein and Satyendra Bose formed 70 years ago, said Dr. Rusty Towell, assistant professor of physics.

"The significance of Cornell's work is that Einstein made this prediction, and Cornell proved that Einstein was right through lab work," Towell said.

Cornell holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford and a Ph.D. from MIT. Since 1992, he has been a senior scientist with the Institute of Standards and Technology. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado.  Prior to receiving the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics (shared with Carl Wieman and Wolfgang Ketterle), Cornell received awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the King Faisal International Prize for Science and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics.

On Nov. 7, Cornell will speak to a Modern Physics class at 9 a.m., have an informal pizza lunch with physics majors, and present a lecture to physics students at 2 p.m. on the topic "Rotating the Irrotatable: Quantized Vortices in a Super-Gas."

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