Award-Winning Physicist to Give Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Lecture

Sept. 18, 2015
David CampbellDavid Campbell courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 18, 2015) – Baylor University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society, will host David Campbell, Ph.D., professor of physics, electrical and computer engineering, and materials science and engineering at Boston University, for this year’s Visiting Scholars Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the Baylor Science Building, Room D109.

The Visiting Scholars Program was established by Phi Beta Kappa in 1956. The program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to learn from some of America’s most distinguished scholars. Selected scholars spend two days on campus, meeting informally with students, participating in classroom discussions and seminars and giving a public lecture open to the university and the general public.

Campbell co-founded and directed the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory and was the head of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Boston University, he has served as the university provost and as the dean of the College of Engineering. He is the recipient of the 2010 APS Lilienfeld Prize and of the 2014 Gauss Professorship of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, Germany. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of “Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science.”

“Dr. Campbell was invited for his expertise in nonlinear science, a topic which is of interest especially to the disciplines of physics, engineering and mathematics, but also has applications in biology, environmental science and computer modeling,” said Lorin Matthews, Ph.D., Baylor University associate professor of physics and president of the Zeta of Texas chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

“Non-linear interactions give rise to beautiful and intricate behavior in the systems we find occurring naturally,” Matthews said. “His talk will address how this behavior leads to chaos and fractals, pattern formation and the effect of competition on the dynamics of interacting populations.”

The Baylor Science Building is located on the corner of University Parks Drive and Bagby Avenue. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lorin Matthews

by Bethany Harper , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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