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School of Science and Engineering

The Harrington STEM Lectures

Location:  Coykendall Science Building (CSB)
Reception: 4:30 p.m. CSB Lobby (campus map
Lecture: 5:00 p.m. CSB Auditorium

The School of Science and Engineering hosts this series of lectures on major topics of current scientific interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). These lectures, each designed for a general scientific audience, are given by recognized scholars from around the country who will also be available to meet faculty and students on the days of their visits. The public is cordially invited to these lectures at no charge.  

John Harrington was the founding dean of the SUNY New Paltz School of Science & Engineering. This lecture series honors his years of dedication to science, education and collaboration across the STEM disciplines.

For further information, including sponsorship opportunities, please email lavaller@newpaltz.edu or call 845-257-3784.

2019-2020 Harrington STEM Lectures:

September 24 - Gianfranco Vidali 
Professor of Physics, Syracuse University

Cosmic Lego: Making Molecules on Stardust

How did life emerge on Earth? This question might not have an answer yet but, as proposals for a non-terrestrial origin of life have gained some traction lately, astrophysicists and astrochemists have begun to ask whether there are complex enough molecules in space which can be the building blocks of life.


October 22 - Dustin Crandall
Research Engineer, National Energy Technology Lab, West Virginia

Looking Inside of Rocks

Computed tomography scanners enable researchers to examine different phenomena important for energy production - from dynamic fluid-floods within rocks to identification of complex structures and material features.  Dr. Crandall will illustrate research at the National Energy Technology Laboratory that is focused on examining the fundamental physical phenomena that control flow in the subsurface.


November 12 - Anne Becel
Assistant Research Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia Univ. Earth Institute

Imaging the Source of Large Subduction Zone Earthquakes

Subduction zones produce the largest earthquakes and most devastating associated tsunamis on the planet. Although our ability to anticipate the timing and impact of future great earthquakes remains elusive, recent advances in Earth Science have allowed to improve our understanding of the physical processes that trigger large earthquakes and control how they evolve.


Spring 2020:

February 18 - Carol Duffy
Executive Medical Director of Cardiovascular, Clinical Development at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

March 10 - Rebecca Metzler
Associate Professor of Physics, Colgate University

April 23
- Robin Thottungal
Chief Technology Officer/Chief Data Scientist, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Click here to view past Harrington STEM Lectures.