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Seaver Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series Presented Dr. Richard Muller
The Seaver College Dean's Office presented Dr. Richard A. Muller, the third speaker in the 2006-07 Distinguished Lecture Series, on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Titled "Military Secrets of the Oceans, Atmospheres, and UFOs," the lecture took place at Smothers Theatre in Malibu.
Dr. Muller took an AB degree from Columbia University (1964) and a PhD (1969) in particle physics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied with Nobel Laureate Luis Alvarez. Upon graduation he joined the faculty at UC Berkeley, and has never left. Currently he is a professor of physics and a faculty senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Dr. Muller is well known for the diversity of his scientific work, which spans particle physics, astrophysics, and geophysics. He created a program to measure the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave radiation, and he was the first to suggest and use “Accelerator Mass Spectrometry,” a technique that improves the sensitivity of radiocarbon dating by more than a thousand. At last count, Dr. Muller has authored or coauthored 139 journal articles, and he has authored four books, Nemesis (1988), The Three Big Bangs (1996), Ice Ages and Astronomical Causes (2000), and The Sins of Jesus (1999, a novel). Dr. Muller has received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship (the “Genius Award”), the National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award, and a University of California Distinguished Teaching Award.
Each year, Seaver College dean David Baird selects five or more nationally renowned speakers to come to the University and give a lecture, followed by a question and answer period. Paid for by the Seaver Board of Visitors and the Seaver Parents Association, the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series provides Pepperdine students, faculty, staff, and the Malibu community the opportunity to hear a variety of outstanding national scholars and professionals who are exceptional examples in their field.
All Dean's Distinguished Lectures are available in the Distinguished Lecture Series' streaming video archives. For more information on the Seaver College Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, please click here.