Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society

Jones Seminars cover a wide range of "big picture" topics. PhD student attendance is required and students must also meet before or after each seminar to discuss its topic in more detail, usually having done some supplementary reading.

By also attracting other students as well as faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public, the Seminars prompt a weekly gathering full of lively discussion for the curious-minded.

First created in the 1970s, this seminar series was made possible by an endowment established by Charles C. Jones D'18 Th'19. Originally, the lectures were highly specialized for smaller audiences. Then, in 1998, several doctoral students expressed a desire to help build community by providing more reasons for the School to come together as a whole.

Fridays at 3:30pm
Spanos Auditorium (Room 100), Cummings Hall, unless otherwise noted

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"Special Seminars," are part of the Jones Series but are scheduled at different times.

Upcoming Events

Special Seminar: Materials and Additive Manufacturing for Seamless Bioelectronic-Tissue Interfaces

Alexandra Rutz, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cambridge University

Monday, January 27, 2020, 3:30–4:30pm

Rm 100 (Spanos Auditorium), Cummings Hall

Addressing challenges in the the device-tissue interface for bioelectronics—devices that bridge and connect the worlds of living systems and electronics.

Jones Seminar: Tailoring the Flow of Light and Radiant Heat

Georgia Theano Papadakis, TomKat Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford

Friday, January 31, 2020, 3:30–4:30pm

Rm 100 (Spanos Auditorium), Cummings Hall

Understanding and tailoring light-matter interactions lies at the heart of many modern solid-state technologies and inspires research in artificial composite materials with properties acquired by design—termed metamaterials—leading to novel material functionalities that surpass natural bounds.

Special Seminar: Energy System Design for Deep Decarbonization

Ahmed Abdulla, Assistant Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon

Monday, February 10, 2020, 3:30–4:30pm

Rm. 100 (Spanos Auditorium), Cummings Hall

Design and performance of two disruptive technologies—catering to radically different visions of a low-carbon energy future—that could deeply decarbonize the global energy system over the course of the century.

Past Events

View all past Jones Seminars recordings.