Purdue News

October 17, 2005

Purdue physicist to deliver annual McCoy lecture

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – David D. Nolte will present this year's McCoy Distinguished Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 21) in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. A reception will follow in the Stewart Center Art Gallery.

Nolte, a physics professor in Purdue's College of Science, will speak on "Light Interactions: From Holographic Semiconductors to Your State of Health." The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Nolte is the winner of the 2005 Herbert Newby McCoy Award, presented annually to a Purdue student or faculty member for outstanding contributions to science. The award was established in 1964 by Ethel Terry McCoy in memory of her husband, a Purdue alumnus. The winner is nominated by colleagues and selected by faculty representatives and the university president.

"The McCoy award is the most prestigious research award given by Purdue," said Charles Rutledge, vice president of research.

Nolte's talk should be of interest to anyone curious about the use of light in electronic devices. Nolte will describe his work with holographic films, which have allowed scientists to holographically image living tissue and detect proteins using modified compact disc technology. Both techniques could see application in the medical field.

Writer: Chad Boutin, (765) 494-2081, cboutin@purdue.edu

Source: Cynthia Habbinga, (765) 494-6840, habbinga@purdue.edu

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