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April 2010

Barbara B. Oberg, Keith Thomson, Nina G. Jablonski, Steven Chu, Walter L. Robb, Edward Moses, Arthur J. Nozik, William Chester Jordan, Alejandro Portes, Consuelo M. De Moraes, Judith R. Shapiro, Jonathan R. Cole, Hanna H. Gray, Paul Hertz, Carl B. Pilcher, William J. Borucki

Thursday Afternoon, April 22 , 2010
1:15 p.m.

Conrad K. Harper
Vice President, in the Chair

Induction of New Members

Symposium On Newly Acquired Jefferson Letters for the APS Library

Conrad Harper

“An Irreparable Misfortune Has Deprived Me Of Them”: Thomas Jefferson’s Indian Vocabularies
Barbara B. Oberg
General Editor, Papers of Thomas Jefferson
Princeton University

The “Great Claw” and the Science of Thomas Jefferson
Keith Thomson
Senior Research Associate, American Philosophical Society
Professor Emeritus, Oxford University

Human Skin Pigmentation As An Example Of Adaptive Evolution
Nina G. Jablonski
Head and Professor of Anthropology
The Pennsylvania State University

Pianist Ran Jia from the Curtis Institute of Music
|Benjamin Franklin Hall


Friday Morning, April 23 , 2010
9:15 a.m.

Clyde F. Barker
Vice President, in the Chair

Induction of New Members

Meeting The Energy and Climate Challenge
Steven Chu
United States Secretary of Energy
Department of Energy

Symposium on Alternative Energy

Walter L. Robb, Moderator
President, Vantage Management, Inc.
Retired Chief Technology Officer, General Electric

Outlook for Fusion Energy
Edward Moses
Principal Associate Director, National Ignition Facility and Photon Science
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Present Status of and Future Prognosis for Solar Photon Conversion to Clean Electricity and Renewable Fuels
Arthur J. Nozik
Senior Research Fellow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Professor Adjoint, Department of Chemistry, University of Colorado at Boulder

Count Robert’s “Pet” Wolf
William Chester Jordan
Dayton-Stockton Professor of History
Chair, Department of History
Princeton University


Friday Afternoon, April 23 , 2010
1:15 p.m.

Harriet Zuckerman
Vice President, in the Chair

Presentation of Society Awards and Prizes

America and its Immigrants: A Game of Mirrors
Alejandro Portes
Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology
Director, Center for Migration and Development
Princeton University

Chemical Communication Among Plants and Insects
Consuelo M. De Moraes
Associate Professor, Department of Entomology
The Pennsylvania State University

Session Introduction

Panel on the American Research University in Crisis?
Judith R. Shapiro, Moderator
President Emeritus
Barnard College

Jonathan R. Cole
John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University
Provost and Dean of Faculties, Emeritus
Columbia University

Hanna H. Gray
President Emeritus
The University of Chicago
Neil J. Smelser University Professor of Sociology, Emeritus
University of California at Berkeley


Saturday Morning, April 24, 2010
9:15 a.m.

Baruch S. Blumberg
President, in the Chair and Symposium Moderator

Induction of New Members

Symposium on Space Science And Engineering: Present And Future

Baruch Blumberg

The Present and Future of Space Science and NASA
Paul Hertz
Chief Scientist
NASA Science Mission Directorate

Astrobiology And Space Exploration
Carl B. Pilcher
NASA Astrobiology Institute

“Kepler” Mission: Discoveries And Future Plans
William J. Borucki
“Kepler” Mission Principal Investigator
NASA Ames Research Center

The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Past, Present, And Future
Jill Tarter
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute