Distinguished Lecture Series

2018 Distinguished Lecture

We are proud to announce Ira Flatow as our 2018 Distinguished Speaker.

Catalysts of Creativity

Where do new ideas come from? How does necessity become the mother of invention? Ira Flatow, host of Public Radio's "Science Friday," talks about the Catalysts of Creativity: the inspirations for new ideas.

From the telephone to computer mouse, from Hedy Lamarr to Radar O'Reilly, one doesn't have to be an Einstein or a Steve Jobs to be creative. Searching through inventions and patents of the last hundred years, Flatow digs out some of the more unusual, interesting and humorous sparks of imagination.

About the speaker

Ira Flatow is an award winning science correspondent and TV journalist. He is the host of Science Friday®, heard weekly on PRI, Public Radio International, and online. He anchors the show each Friday, bringing radio and Internet listeners world wide a lively, informative discussion on science, technology, health, space and the environment. Ira is also founder and president of Science Friday Initiative, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit company dedicated to creating radio, TV and Internet projects that make science "user friendly."

On television, Flatow has discussed the latest cutting edge science stories on a variety of programs. He also hosted the four-part PBS series Big Ideas produced by WNET in New York. His numerous TV credits include six years as host and writer for the Emmy-award-winning Newton's Apple on PBS, science reporter for CBS This Morning, and cable's CNBC. He wrote, produced and hosted Transistorized!, an hour-long documentary about the history of the transistor, which aired on PBS. He has talked science on many TV talk shows including Merv Griffin, Today, Charlie Rose, and Oprah. He has co-starred twice on the CBS hit series The Big Bang Theory.

Past lectures

The Distinguished Lecture Series was started in 2010 by Dean Maragakis. Annual lectures are listed below: