J. Mark Sowers Distinguished Lecture Series - Dr. Donna Strickland
March 10, 2021
7:30 p.m.

The J. Mark Sowers Distinguished Lecture Series in the College of Science at Virginia Tech is a forum for the exchange of new and innovative ideas in scientific fields. The series has attracted national and world-renowned scholars, including a laser physicist, a nanoscientist, an astrophysicist (and also Nobel Laureate), an applied mathematician, the director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and a statistician who specializes in machine-learning. Discussions have delved into brain sciences, speech and hearing development, black holes, and more.

Generously supported by Mark and Debi Sowers, this series provides opportunities for the university community and general public to interact with and learn from eminent scholars and industry experts. Sowers is a Richmond, Virginia-based businessman and developer and longtime supporter of the College of Science. He sponsors the series to share with others his fascination with the sciences, in particular, physical science.
On March 10, Virginia Tech has the pleasure of hosting Dr. Donna Strickland, a pioneer in the field of pulsed lasers. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 2018 for the practical implementation of chirped pulse amplification.

There is no charge for attendance; however, we have provided an option to make a gift at check-out for those who would like to contribute. All gifts will benefit the Physics Department Annual Fund.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Katie Lafon at 540-231-8706 or email sciencersvp@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.