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April 5, 2005


City College Marks Einstein Centennial, 1921 Visit
With International Student Conference, Lectures by Leading Scientists

NEW YORK, April 5 – The year was 1921 and Albert Einstein, a giant in the scientific world after the validation of his general theory of relativity, had landed at Ellis Island on his maiden visit to the United States. 

His first lecture stop?  The City College of New York, then, as now, a hub of scientific research.  To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Einstein Papers, and to celebrate its  role in Einstein’s inaugural visit to the U.S., City College is hosting “Einsteins in the City,” an international student research conference, April 11-12. 

The event will bring back to their alma mater four of CCNY’s six living Nobel Laureates; eight CCNY alumni have earned a Nobel Prize, more than any other public college.  In addition, it will feature a student poster session presenting research by students at colleges and universities in North America and Europe.

The four Nobel Laureates, Dr. Arthur Kornberg (Medicine, 1959), Dr. Herbert Hauptman and Dr. Jerome Karle, who shared the 1985 Prize in Chemistry, and Dr. Leon Lederman (Physics, 1988), will pay tribute to another CCNY Nobel Laureate Dr. Julius Axelrod (Medicine, 1970), who died in December 2004.  In addition, they will participate in a panel discussion entitled “What We Don’t Know Will Hurt Us: Scientific Literacy and Science Policy in the U.S.,” moderated by Dr. Myriam Sarachik, Distinguished Professor of Physics at CCNY. 

Dr. Michio Kaku, Distinguished Professor of Physics and keynote speaker for the conference, will talk on “The Role of CCNY in Albert Einstein’s Quest to ‘Read the Mind of God.’”   One of the world’s leading theoretical physicists, Dr. Kaku is the author of 14 books, including the best-selling Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension, and, most recently, Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos.

More than 250 students will present the findings of their research either as panel participants or in poster sessions.  Besides CCNY, they represent such institutions as the University of Pittsburgh, Queens College and Vienna University of Technology in Austria.

Another session, entitled “New Generation of Researchers,” features presentations by these City College alumni:

· Dr. Peter Delfyett ’81 - Trustee Chair Professor of Optics, ECE & Physics, University of Central Florida, “Ultrafast Photonic Technologies Physics, Applications & Lessons Learned”;

· Dr. Kathleen Stebe ’84 - Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, “Site-Selective Patterning Using Surfactant-Based Resists”;

· Dr. Arden Warner ’89 - Staff Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, “Beam Profile Diagnostics for the Fermilab Medium Energy Electron Cooler Prototype”;

· Dr. Paul West -  Research Fellow, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, “Sheep as a Model for Osteoporosis: A Study on the Relationship between Skeletal Fragility and Bone Mineral Properties in Ovariectomized and Dietary Induced Metabolic Acidosis Sheep Model.”

Other conference speakers include: Dr. Fred Telling, Vice President for Corporate Policy and Strategic Management at Pfizer Inc.; Lev Sviridov, CCNY chemistry major and a 2005 Rhodes Scholar; and David Bauer, the high school prodigy whose groundbreaking research at CCNY earned him first place in the 2005 Intel Science Talent Search, and a member of the freshman class entering CCNY next Fall.

“Einsteins in the City” is organized jointly by CCNY’s School of Education, School of Engineering and Division of Science.  Major sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center, ConEdison and Verizon.

For more information, including the complete program of events, profiles of the speakers and registration, please visit or call Dr. Laurent Mars, Assistant Dean of Science, at (212) 650-7944