Distinguished Speaker Series

The College of Science is honored to engage in its Distinguished Speaker Series, supported by the John Wiley Jones Science Endowment Fund. The goal of the series is to attract intriguing speakers with relevant topics to speak at RIT. Listed here are past speakers, with links to both their profiles and streaming videos of their talks.


4/2 Jed Burtt Think turbulence, bacteria, and glare when looking at a bird's color and pattern.
4/2 Jed Burtt Alexander Wilson: the Scot who founded American Ornithology
3/5 William Phillips Time, Einstein and the coolest stuff in the universe



12/4 Carl Haber Seeing Voices: Imaging Applied to Early Recorded Sound Preservation
11/10 Arthur Benjamin  The Magic of Math
10/9 Andrew Benowitz

Discovering medicines for inherited genetic diseases

2/20 Danielle  Bassett

Human Brain Network Dynamics

3/20  Arden Dougan

Research and Development Challenges for International Safeguards



12/5 David Searls Molecules, Languages, and Automata
11/14 Steve Squyres Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet
10/10 Maryann Mycek  Biomedical Optics - Shining Light on Clinical Medicine
  John Wiley Jones Distinguished Lecture
3/22 Tyrone Hayes From Silent Spring To Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men  
1/18 Stefano Curtarolo Topological Insulators within the Materials Genome initiative: robustness/fragility, new  materials, and topological quantum devices  


11/30 Pamela Cook Complex, yet everyday, fluids 

James Gentile

 Solving Complex Questions in Science through Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration 

Les Johnson

Solar Sailing: Using Solar Photon Pressure for Exploring the Solar System and Beyond  (pdf only)

4/17 Varadaraja V. Raman Science and Religion in Today's World 



John Wiley Jones Distinguished Lecture
  David Weintraub   Exoplanets, Extraterrestrial Life, and Terrestrial Religion 


10/28 Nancy B. Jackson Sunshine to Petro  
3/24 Gregory Beroza Off-Main-Sequence Earthquakes 


10/28 Wouter van Hoven Some challenges to wildlife in Africa today 


Rebecca Skloot The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


Irwin Shapiro Defending Planet Earth from Impacts by Asteroids 




John Wiley Jones Distinguished Lecture


Stephen Dewhurst Novel Approaches to the Prevention of HIV-1 Transmission 


Robert Rose Development of an effective, licensed vaccine for cervical cancer ¦ the rest of the story 
 3/18 Mario Livio Is God a Mathematician?  


4/24 John Wiley Jones Distinguished Lecture

Donald W. Pfaff The Brains Control of Behavior  

Matthew Schneps

The Power and Pitfalls of Visual Thinking 
1/8 Dickson Despommier The City as Ecosystem 

Distinguished Speaker Series Archives