Distinguished Lecture: You Can’t Win Races Without Getting the Math and Science Right

Posted on 3/28/2013 8:05:24 AM

Diandra Leslie-Pelecky will present the 2013 Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in Eberly Auditorium. The title of her presentation is “The Science of Speed: Faster, Stronger, and Safer.”

Leslie-Pelecky earned undergraduate degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of North Texas and a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from Michigan State University. After 14 years at the University of Nebraska, she recently became director of the West Virginia Nano Initiative and professor of physics at West Virginia University. There, her research seeks new ways to apply magnetic nanoparticles to make chemotherapy more efficient and decrease the side effects.

Her passion for making science understandable and relevant to the average person brought her to a second laboratory: the racetrack. The fact is that you can’t win races without getting the math and science right. Her book, The Physics of NASCAR, was excerpted by TIME magazine, and her work has been featured in everything from the New York Times to Sporting News magazine. She blogs at BuildingSpeed, explaining the math and science behind current events in motorsports.

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