PRISMS Speaker Series

Each year we invite bold, successful and inspiring individuals from all fields of interests to speak with our school community in an intimate setting where conversation and questions are encouraged.


2023
May 16
May 16

Speaker: John Wilkin

John Wilkin, Rutgers Professor of Marine and Costal Sciences, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences speaking visit with us on May 16, 2023 was a big hit! His presentation and the Q&A was engaging, informative, thought-provoking and enjoyable for all of us. ...
October 18
2022
cern
October 18

Speaker: Dr. Steven Goldfarb – CERN (Switzerland)

PRISMS students gathered in the Main Hall and Ballroom of Albemarle to meet Dr. Steven Goldfarb and take a virtual tour of the ATLAS particle detector at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. With the collider running experiments, students visited the control room and learned about CERN's central role in high-energy particle physics and breakthrough discoveries that have changed our understanding of the universe. Students asked questions about data processing, how experiments are proposed and developed, and how they might someday do research at CERN. ...
2022
March
March

Speaker: Senator Andrew Zwicker

Senator Andrew Zwicker talked to the PRISMS community on March 2. He shared with the students,faculty and staff his experience as a scientist, researcher, and answered a lot of questions they had about physics, life, and current events.

Senator Zwicker is a scientist and teacher, a husband and father, whose career is devoted to finding solutions to difficult problems through consensus and common-sense. He was elected to the New Jersey Assembly in 2015, the first Democrat ever to win in the 16th District. He was elected to the New Jersey Senate in 2021. ...

November
2021
November

Speaker: Mr. Russell Feder

Mr. Russell Feder shared with the PRISMS community his experience as a mechanical engineer and project manager, the importance of risk taking and the benefits of having a growth mindset.

Mr. Feder is the Chief Mechanical Engineer for the sPHENIX detector project at Brookhaven National Lab and a staff supervisor within the Physics Department sPHENIX division. Before joining BNL in April 2019 Mr. Feder worked at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab for 19 years as a project manager, engineering manager, and mechanical design engineer. While at PPPL he worked on the TFTR decommissioning project, diagnostic systems, and project management for NSTX-U and led the US ITER diagnostics engineering team.

2021
November
November

Speaker: Dr. Steven Goldfarb – CERN (Switzerland)

Dr. Goldfarb from CERN, the European Council for Nuclear Research, spoke with PRISMS students and faculty and took us on a virtual tour of ATLAS, one of two general-purpose detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and most powerful accelerator. ...
March
2021
March

Speaker: Prof. Sara Seager - MIT

Professor Sara Seager spoke to the PRISMS community virtually on March 1, 2021. Thousands of planets are known to orbit nearby, sun-like stars. These planets are called “exoplanets”. Dr Seager is an expert in exoplanets and their atmospheres. Her main research goal is to find and identify another earth. For more information about Prof. Seager and her research, please visit http://www.saraseager.com/.

2021
March
March

Speaker: Dr. Steven Goldfarb – CERN (Switzerland)

Dr. Goldfarb from CERN, the European Council for Nuclear Research, spoke with PRISMS students and faculty and took us on a virtual tour of ATLAS, one of two general-purpose detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and most powerful accelerator. ...
January
2021
January

Speaker: Prof. Erik J. Sorensen - Princeton University

Prof. Erik J. Sorensen is the Arthur Allan Patchett Professor in Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University, USA and Perennial Distinguished Guest Professor in the School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology at Tianjin University, China. He received his Ph. D. degree in Chemistry in 1995 from the University of California, San Diego under the direction of Professor K. C. Nicolaou. ...
2020
November
November

Speaker: Dr. Robert A. Malkin - Duke University

Dr. Malkin is Professor of Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. He is also the founder of Engineering World Health and the Global Public Service Academies. Dr. Malkin conducts research and development focused on medical equipment in the developing world..

November
2019
November

Speaker: Dr. Amber Strunk – LIGO

PRISMS students and faculty had the unique opportunity to speak with Mrs. Strunk from the LIGO Hanford Observatory this Wednesday (11/20) from 3-4PM in the Ballroom.

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) was designed to open the field of gravitational-wave astrophysics through the direct detection of gravitational waves predicted by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity....
2019
September
September

Speaker: Dr. Steven Goldfarb – CERN (Switzerland)

In his third time addressing the PRISMS community, Dr. Goldfarb will Skype in from CERN on September 25 to teach us about the ATLAS Experiment and all things CERN.
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March
2019
March

Speaker: Dr. Sabine Kastner – Princeton University

Dr. Kastner is a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology. She also serves as the Scientific Director of Princeton’s neuroimaging facility and heads the Neuroscience of Attention and Perception Laboratory.

2018
November
November

Speaker: Dr. Erika Milam – Princeton University

Dr. Milam is a historian of science at Princeton University and Director of the Graduate Studies program in science history.

October
2018
October

Speaker: Professor Donald Sadoway – MIT

Prof. Sadoway is a professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at MIT and is one of their most popular teachers. He is a co-founder of Ambri, Inc (formerly Liquid Metal Battery Corporation), which is commercializing the liquid metal battery technology for grid-scale energy storage, and a co-founder of Boston Metal (formerly Boston Electrometallurgical Corp.), which is commercializing molten oxide electrolysis for the production of metals. Both the liquid metal battery and molten oxide electrolysis were discovered by GroupSadoway at MIT. Prof. Sadoway owns more than 25 patents. He spent the day at PRISMS doing small lectures, working with the research mentors, advising the Entrepreneurship Club and offering a lecture to the community about the future of energy.

2018
September
September

Speaker: Richard Rusczyk - AOPS

Richard Rusczyk is the founder of the Art of Problem Solving website and co-writer with Sandor Lehoczky of the original Art of Problem Solving books. He is also a co-founder with Sandor Lehoczky and Sam Vandervelde of the Mandlebrot Competition, and is a past Director of the USA Mathematical Talent Search. He was a participant in National MATHCOUNTS, a three-time participant in the Math Olympiad Summer Program, and a USA Mathematical Olympiad winner (1989). He received the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions Paul Erdös Award in 2014, and founded the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, a non-profit that runs the Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics program for high-potential students from underserved communities in New York City and Los Angeles. He graduated from Princeton University in 1993, and worked as a bond trader for D.E. Shaw & Company for four years.

September
2018
September

Speaker: Dr. Steven Goldfarb – CERN (Switzerland)

In his second time addressing the PRISMS community, Dr. Goldfarb skyped in from CERN to teach us about the ATLAS Experiment and all things CERN.

Dr. Goldfarb is a physicist from the University of Melbourne, working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. He is webmaster for the ATLAS public web pages, chair of the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, on-site coordinator of the REU Summer Student and Research Semester Abroad programs for American undergraduates at CERN, and advisory board member for Quarknet. In his spare time, Steve fronts the Canettes Blues Band, the group behind the ATLAS Boogie.