Science talks will let area experts share knowledge

First to be given by expert on solar

yamaro@mercedsunstar.comSeptember 18, 2012 

— A group of scientists and researchers from the area will hold several events to promote excellence and understanding of scientific research in the community.

The first lecture, "Black Holes, Information and Solar Collectors: The Thermodynamic Connection," will be given by Roland Winston, a distinguished professor at UC Merced, from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the university's California Room.

Refreshments will be provided and the community will have time to ask questions.

Winston is an authority on the subject. "He was a founding faculty (member) at UC Merced," said Paul Maglio, a UC Merced professor and president of the local Sigma Xi chapter. "He's also one of the leaders and pioneers of new technologies in solar energy."

His chapter of Sigma Xi, a Scientific Research Society, consists of about 80 UC Merced faculty members, students and members of the community, Maglio said. In coming months, the organization will present two more scientific lectures featuring UC Merced Professors Raymond Chiao and William Shadish.

In addition, the group plans to organize a symposium in the spring that will consist of a one-day event with talks on a particular scientific topic, Maglio said.

"Scientific understanding among the community is very important," Maglio said. "We are faced with so many fundamental problems about the world today, and we need to have a deeper understanding about how the world works."

Maglio said lectures on campus provide the community opportunities to learn more about science. He said people should "satisfy their curiosity and learn something new."

"I think the power of having a world-class research university in the midst of Merced is something that the community is only beginning to appreciate it," he said.

Reporter Yesenia Amaro can be reached at

(209) 385-2482 or yamaro@mercedsunstar.com.

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