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'Lunch 'n Learn' spring schedule set

Wednesdays, Feb. 3 through May 5, 2010, noon Multipurpose Room B, Frist Campus Center

The Office of Information Technology will begin its spring schedule of "Lunch 'n Learn" information technology seminars Wednesday, Feb. 3. All talks in the series are held at noon Wednesdays in Multipurpose Room B of the Frist Campus Center.

For more than a decade, the "Lunch 'n Learn" series has featured seminars that illustrate the full reach of information technology within academic research and teaching at Princeton. All of the events are free and open to the public. Cookies and beverages are provided.

Speakers this spring include several members of the University faculty and research staff:

  • Feb. 3: Brian Kernighan, professor of computer science, will discuss innumeracy, which is the parallel to illiteracy. As calculators and computers have become steadily more powerful, Kernighan argues that people's facility with numbers has diminished, often leaving individuals "at the mercy of quantitative reasoning and presentation that is sometimes wrong and often not disinterested."

  • Feb. 17: David Botstein, the Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics and director of Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, will address key discoveries in genomics made possible by advances in computing and information technology.

  • March 10: William Tang, head of the fusion simulation program at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, will talk about uses of high-performance computing to model turbulent flows within fusion reactions.
  • April 21: Vince Poor, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Michael Henry Strater Professor of Electrical Engineering, will discuss recent research funded by the National Science Foundation on social and technological networking.

Other "Lunch 'n Learn" seminars in the spring series include a video production roundtable, a session on applications for mobile phones, a review of the University's recent Kindle e-Reader classroom pilot and a discussion of the modern technology of historical research.

For the schedule of lectures and descriptions of each talk, visit the "Lunch 'n Learn" website. For more information, contact Jon Edwards at (609) 258-5765 or

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