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Release Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013 6:05 PM
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Physics Colloquium Presents Noted Physicist Clint Sprott
Clint Sprott

WASHINGTON (October 8, 2013) – The Howard University Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a lecture by University of Wisconsin Physics Professor Clint Sprott. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Thirkfield Hall Auditorium, Room 300.

The presentation is part of the 2013 American Physical Society-Division of Plasma Physics Distinguished Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Howard University Chapter of Sigma Xi-The Scientific Research Society. The lecture is titled “Self-Organization – Nature’s Intelligent Design” and will provide examples of self-organization in nature and introduce six simple computer models that can replicate the features of these patterns. The work has application to fields as diverse as physics, ecology, political science, economics, sociology and art.

Sprott earned his bachelor’s degree from MIT in 1964 and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1969. His professional interests are in experimental plasma physics and chaos theory. In 1984, the University of Wisconsin–Madison began a program called “The Wonders of Physics,” which Sprott presented in a typical travelling showman style to audiences of all ages. The show has been presented on the Madison campus over 200 times to a total audience of over 60,000 over a period of 25 years.

For more information, please contact Professor Prabhakar Misra, interim chair of the Howard University Department of Physics & Astronomy, at or 202-806-6245.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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