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Oct. 19, 2016 - Dr. Mitchell Wayne, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the College’s Science and Humanities Lecture, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, in the Burke Auditorium at King’s College. 

The free public lecture, titled “Einstein: How One Mild-Mannered Physicist Changed the Way We Understand Our World,” is part of the Hesburgh Lecture Series. The event is co-sponsored by the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s and the Notre Dame Club of Hanover Township.  

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein radically changed the world’s view of the universe and the laws of nature. In his lecture, Dr. Wayne will explain several of Einstein's significant discoveries, current research on gravitational waves by the LIGO experiment, and how Einstein’s research impacts the world today.

Dr. Wayne specializes in experimental particle physics. Previously, he served as chair of the Department of Physics and as an associate dean of the College of Science at Notre Dame. His teaching has been recognized with a Kaneb Teaching Award and the Shilts-Leonard Teaching Award. He earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles.

He also is the principle investigator of QuarkNet, a renowned national physics education and outreach program. His research is currently focused on the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.  

Notre Dame faculty members have presented for Notre Dame clubs and their local communities through the Hesburgh Lecture Series since 1986. The lectures showcase the depth and breadth of Notre Dame’s academic expertise in research and teaching. The series is named for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus of Notre Dame, who passed away in 2015.

The Burke Auditorium is located in the William G. McGowan School of Business on North River Street. Parking will be available in on-campus lots. For more information, please contact Mr. Bill Lever, president, Notre Dame Club of Hanover Township, at 570-498-4566, or Dr. Bernard Prusak, director, McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, at (570) 208-5900, ext. 5689.

Dr. Mitchell Wayne, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame