Physicist, author Michio Kaku to be Distinguished Speaker
Posted: 08/24/2012
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Update 9/12/2012: Students, want to meet Dr. Michio Kaku? The University of Texas-Pan American's Distinguished Speakers Series is having an essay contest to give students an opportunity to meet the famous physicist. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Send your entries to For more information, call (956) 665-7989. Only enrolled UTPA students are eligible to participate in the contest.

The University of Texas-Pan American will welcome Dr. Michio Kaku as the first guest of its Distinguished Speakers Series for the 2012-2013 school year.

Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist, best-selling author and popularizer of science, will be UTPA's first Distinguished Speaker for the 2012-2013 school year. Photo courtesy of American Program Bureau, Inc.

Kaku, a theoretical physicist, best-selling author and popularizer of science, will make his presentation at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

His speech will highlight the importance of science in many fields, including medicine, computer science, space exploration and even banking and commerce, said Edna Zambrano, director of the Student Union.

"As the 'popularizer of science,' Dr. Kaku can offer a perspective of his field to our students that will open their minds to the future of medicine, computers, quantum physics, and space travel," Zambrano said. "His perspective on the future of our civilization will astound the attendees."

Since the Distinguished Speakers Series event coincides with the University's annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) week, Kaku also will deliver keynote addresses at HESTEC's Educator Day Sept. 24 and Student Leadership Day Sept. 25.

Kaku, the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), continues Einstein's search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory that will summarize all the physical laws of the universe. He holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York, and has taught at Harvard and Princeton.

Kaku is the author of several international bestsellers, including "Hyperspace and Vision: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century" and "Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100."

He has also appeared on numerous TV programs and networks, including Larry King Live, Nightline, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, CNN, CNN-Financial, ABC-TV News, BBC-TV, BBC-Radio PBS's Nova and Innovation, as well as in documentaries and special programs.

Kaku also hosts his own national weekly radio program, "Science Fantastic," which airs in 130 cities in the United States and on the KU national satellite band and Internet. He has written for many publications, including Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Discover Magazine, New Scientist Magazine, Astronomy Magazine and Wired.

The Distinguished Speakers Series, now in its ninth year, is underwritten by student fees as recommended by the Student Affairs Advisory Committee, and receives support from the Student Union and other University departments.

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UTPA Fieldhouse and is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited. UTPA students, faculty and staff will be admitted with a valid University ID at 7 p.m. while the general public will be allowed to enter at 7:20 p.m.

For special accommodations or more information, call (956) 665-7989.