Marquee Courses in Science and Technology
The Marquee Lecture Series features University of Maryland faculty, and explores science and technology in the context of social, economic, and ethical issues.

Undergraduate students, faculty, and the University of Maryland community are invited to this free series.

Past lectures have included:

The Future of Global Energy and Climate
Jordan Goodman, Professor and the former Chair of Physics Department.

Restoring the Chesapeake: Is It Worth It?
Douglas Lipton, Program Leader for the Sea Grant Extension Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Natural Resources

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The Marquee Lecture Series

The Marquee Lecture Fall 2012

Solar storm violence coming this year! Is the Earth ready..??
Tuesday, November 6 at 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Biosciences Research Building, Room 1103
Daniel P. Lathrop, Marquee Faculty, Professor of Physics and Geology, University of Maryland
How will we be affected by the violent storms that are now occurring on the sun? Blackouts? Radiation? Radio failures? Come hear about the complicated relationship between our star and our home planet… and us!
Sign-up on for dinner and discussion with the speaker following the lecture (limited seating for the dinner)

We are approaching a special time in the natural cycle of our sun, as it reaches a crescendo of violent, and sometimes deadly, storms.  We don’t know for certain when this activity will peak, but it will likely be this year!  Fortunately, Earth gives us a happy, habitable home, and shields us  from many solar storm-induced problems...but not all.  Blackouts?  Radiation?  Communications failures?  How will we be affected by the violent storms that are now occurring on the sun? Blackouts?   Radiation? Radio failures? Come hear about the complicated relationship between our star and our home planet… and us!

Daniel P. Lathrop,
Professor of Physics and Geology, Marquee Faculty member and Associate Dean for Research, College of (CMN) Science Institute for Physical Sciences and Technology, is part of the Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos group. His research focuses on turbulent fluid flows, geomagnetism, and superfluid helium experiments. Professor Lathrop received a B.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. He served at Yale University as a postdoctoral fellow, research affiliate, and lecturer, and at Emory University as Assistant Professor. He joined the University of Maryland in 1997, the year he received a Presidential Early Career Award from the NSF. In 2005, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Professor Lathrop served as Director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, a large cross-disciplinary institute spanning engineering and the physical sciences, from 2006 to 2012. Dr. Lathrop is a member of the Marquee Faculty. This group of eminent research scientists has developed the special set of I-Series courses: The Marquee Courses in Science and Technology. The Marquee courses engage students in learning science in the context of important questions of our time that relate to science, technology, engineering and math. Dr. Lathrop with his colleagues from Physics teaches PHYS 105, Physics for decision-makers: The Global Energy Crisis.