Lawrence Hall of Science, 50 years: 1968-2018; University of California, Berkeley

Monday, November 5, 2018

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The event is free to attend for all invited guests.

Evening view from the Hall over the Berkeley.

Broadening Our Impacts at UC Berkeley and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. France Córdova, Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation

Dr. France Córdova, Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), will speak about the importance of broader impacts to the work of the agency and science research overall. As the public science center for UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Hall of Science serves as a key part of the university’s robust infrastructure for education, public outreach, and broader impact activities. This event is an opportunity for the Hall as well as partners across campus to highlight the university’s work, hear from an important supporter of these activities, and explore new collaborations.


4:30–5:15 p.m.: Sunset Reception and Broader Impacts Showcase
5:15–6:15 p.m.: Lecture and Q&A from Dr. Córdova
6:15–7:30 p.m.: Reception and Structured Networking

This event is invitation-only, and preregistration is required. The event is free to attend for all invited guests.

Please email Kalie Sacco with questions and to request more information.

About Dr. France Córdova

Dr. France A. Córdova

France A. Córdova is an astrophysicist and the 14th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the only government agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. NSF is a $7.8 billion independent federal agency; its programs and initiatives keep the United States at the forefront of science and engineering, empower future generations of scientists and engineers, and foster U.S. prosperity and global leadership.

Dr. Córdova is president emerita of Purdue University and chancellor emerita of the University of California–Riverside, where she was a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy. She was the vice chancellor for research and professor of physics at the University of California–Santa Barbara. Previously, she served as NASA’s chief scientist. Before joining NASA, she served on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University, heading its department of astronomy and astrophysics. Córdova was also deputy group leader in the Earth and Space Sciences division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University and her doctorate in physics from the California Institute of Technology.

More recently, Córdova served as chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the board of trustees of the Mayo Clinic. She also served as a member of the National Science Board (NSB), where she chaired the Committee on Strategy and Budget. As NSF director, she is an ex officio member of the NSB.

Córdova’s scientific contributions have been in the areas of observational and experimental astrophysics, multispectral research on x-ray and gamma ray sources, and spaceborne instrumentation. She has published more than 150 scientific papers. She has been awarded several honorary doctorates, including ones from Purdue and Duke universities. She is a recipient of NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, and was recognized as a Kilby Laureate. The Kilby International Awards recognize extraordinary individuals who have made “significant contributions to society through science, technology, innovation, invention and education.” Córdova was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a National Associate of the National Academies. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

Dr. Córdova is married to Christian J. Foster, a science educator, and they have two adult children.

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