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Presentations on the 2005 Nobel Prizes

UCR faculty to shed light on work by recipients of the 2005 Nobel Prizes

Presentations will discuss Nobel Prizes in literature, physics, economics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, and peace

(November 29, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — In a symposium focusing on this year's Nobel Prizes, UC Riverside faculty will give presentations that discuss the research or creative effort that culminated in the prizes awarded in literature, physics, economics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, and peace.

The symposium, organized by the Graduate Division, is free and open to the public. The presentations will begin at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 5, in Humanities 1500 on campus. They are:

The Nobel Prize in Literature. Awarded to Harold Pinter “who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression’s closed rooms.” Presentation by Katherine Kinney, associate professor of English.

The Nobel Prize in Physics. Awarded to Roy J. Glauber “for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence” and John L. Hall and Theodor W. Hänsch “for their contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy.” Presentation by Ludwig Bartels, assistant professor of chemistry.

The Nobel Peace Prize. Awarded to Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency “for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way.” Presentation by David Pion-Berlin, professor of political science.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Awarded to Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren “for their discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.” Presentation by Neal Schiller, professor of biomedical sciences.

The Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Awarded to Robert J. Aumann and Thomas C. Schelling “for having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis.” Presentation by Wei Li, assistant professor of economics.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Awarded to Yves Chauvin, Robert H. Grubbs and UCR alumnus Richard R. Schrock “for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis.” Presentation by Michael Marsella, associate professor of chemistry.

The Nobel Prize is an international award given yearly since 1901 for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and for peace. In 1968, the Bank of Sweden instituted the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize.

Winners of the Nobel Prizes are announced in October every year. They receive their awards — a prize amount, a gold medal and a diploma — on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel's death.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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