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Physical Sciences Complex

The University of Maryland Department of Physics
invites you to the second annual

Jeffrey I. Mechanick, M.D.
Quantum Biology Lecture

"Quantum Tools for the Life Sciences"


Ronald Walsworth
Minta Martin Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor in the Department of Physics, and Director of the Quantum Technology Center at UMD

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
3:30 p.m. Reception
4 p.m. Lecture
1410 Toll Physics Building

Parking is available in the Regents Drive Parking Garage (Directions). An attendant will direct visitors within the garage. Additionally, a free ShuttleUM bus runs between the College Park Metro Station and Regents Drive at about eight-minute intervals.

About the Speaker
Ronald Walsworth joined the University of Maryland in 2019 after serving on the faculty at Harvard University and as a senior physicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. He is an expert in utilizing quantum physics to develop advanced measurement tools for medicine, planetary science and fundamental physics. He holds several patents on a quantum sensing technology that uses an optically active defect in diamond to probe tiny changes in electromagnetic fields and temperature. Walsworth’s lab spun off two startups that apply quantum sensing technology to biomedical diagnostics, and he has served as a scientific advisor for several technology companies including Quantum Diamond Technologies Inc., Butterfly Network, Quantum-Si and Hyperfine Research. Walsworth is also a fellow of the American Physical Society and received its 2005 Francis M. Pipkin Award for his work in developing and applying precision measurement tools. Walsworth received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Duke University in 1984 and his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1991.

About the Lecture
Jeffrey Mechanick Jeffrey I. Mechanick (B.S. ’81, zoology; M.D. ’85, Mount Sinai) established the Mechanick Quantum Biology Endowment fund to facilitate the dissemination of research findings on quantum mechanics and life sciences. Dr. Mechanick is a physician specializing in endocrinology, diabetes and bone disease, and is a professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He is the past president of the American College of Endocrinology, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists.


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