Gentile Lectureship: Mr. Ira Flatow

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Concert Hall
221 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423

The Natural and Applied Sciences Division is pleased to welcome Ira Flatow to campus on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, as this year’s Gentile Lectureship Series speaker.

Veteran science correspondent Ira Flatow is the host and executive producer of public radio's Science Friday. Each week he brings a lively, informative discussion of science to two million radio and podcast listeners.

Ira is also founder of the Science Friday Initiative, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to increasing the public's access to science and scientific information.

Ira has shared his enthusiasm with public radio and TV fans for more than 40 years, including as a guest star on the hit CBS comedy, The Big Bang Theory.

His recent honors include the National Science Board Public Service Award, AAAS Journalism Award, the Carl Sagan Award, the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest and the Isaac Asimov Science Award. Ira has also received an honorary doctorate from Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg College.

Ira will deliver a presentation entitled, “Catalysts of Creativity,” in which he asks the question, “Where do new ideas come from?” Exploring the catalysts of creativity shows that new ideas come not only from professional scientists and inventors but from ordinary people, even movie stars and entertainers. A look at invention history reveals all of the pioneers who led the way for today’s age of innovation, and a look at patents reveals how the news can stimulate new ideas, and that science really is all around us.

The presentation will take place at the Jack Miller Center for Musical Arts, Concert Hall beginning at 7:00pm on October 15, 2019. The event is open to the public.

The Gentile Interdisciplinary Lectureship at Hope was established in 2005 by faculty colleagues, former students, and friends of Dr. James Gentile, and is supported by a multi-year grant from the Kavli Foundation of Oxnard, California.

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Academics, Natural & Applied Sciences Division, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Public Events

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