The cover of the new biography of Nobel Prize-winning chemist Harold Urey (1893–1981), The Life and Science of Harold C. Urey, by Matthew Shindell. Courtesy/LAHS Smithsonian Curator Matthew Shindell discusses Manhattan Project scientist Harold Urey online at 6 p.m., Oct. 13 as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series. Courtesy/LAHSLos Alamos Historical Society News:The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Historical Society online at 6 p.m., Oct. 13 for a fascinating look at the life of Manhattan Project scientist Harold Urey.Smithsonian Curator Matthew Shindell discusses how the Manhattan Project shaped Urey on his path from farm boy to scientific celebrity.Historical Society lectures are free, but registration is required to receive a Zoom link. Lectures are limited to 100 participants, so sign up early to reserve a spot.To register, visit www.losalamoshistory.org/events and follow the links to the EventBrite page.This talk draws from Shindell’s new biography of Nobel Prize-winning chemist Urey (1893–1981), The Life and Science of Harold C. Urey.Urey was one of the most famous American scientists of the 20th century and participated in some of the century’s most significant moments, including the Manhattan Project and NASA’s lunar exploration program.Shindell shines new light on Urey’s achievements and efforts to shape his public and private lives. He follows Urey through his orthodox religious upbringing, the scientific work that won him the Nobel Prize, and his subsequent efforts to use his fame to intervene in political, social and scientific matters.By exploring those efforts, as well as Urey’s evolution from farm boy to scientific celebrity, listeners can discern broader changes in the social and intellectual landscape of twentieth century America.Shindell is curator of Planetary Science at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He co-hosts the museum’s podcast, AirSpace. He holds a PhD in History of Science and Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego, an MS in Biology and Society from Arizona State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.Shindell has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, Georgetown University, the University of Southern California and UC San Diego.The lecture series will continue with a 6 p.m. presentation Nov. 17 when Alex Wellerstein will present “The ‘Best-Kept Secret of the War’? The Successes and Failures of Manhattan Project Secrecy.”The Los Alamos Historical Society lecture series is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Enterprise Bank & Trust, Member FDIC; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the New Mexico Humanities Council; and Robin and Richard McLean.The Los Alamos Historical Society preserves, promotes and communicates the remarkable history and inspiring stories of Los Alamos and its people for our community, for the global audience, and for future generations. More information about the Historical Society can be found at www.losalamoshistory.org.Stay up to date with the latest news from the Historical Society by following @LosAlamosHistory on Facebook and Instagram. Members make the work of the Historical Society possible. Become a member today at https://www.losalamoshistory.org/membership.html.
New Rwanda coach Sellas Tetteh has described his move as a “big challenge” in life but claims he has the credentials to achieve his targets.Tetteh officially begins his two-year contract next month and his first test will come in the CHAN qualifiers against Eritrea.He has been tasked to qualify the East African country for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.Tetteh told Joy FM: “I believe it’s one of the biggest challenges of my coaching life and I love to go in for challenges like this because I seriously believe that boldness and risk taking doesn’t deny a determined person. It is good for me to work very hard and try to do the best out of difficult situation.”Rwanda drew Ivory Coast, Benin and Burundi in Group 8 of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.The 2009 Fifa Under-20 World Cup winning coach believes the enormity of the task ahead will spur his side on in the qualifiers which begin later this year. “It’s too early to talk about qualification now but we are going to work assidiously as usual. At least 13th or 14th (next month) they have a game in Eritrea so that is where I’m going to start from and then we start moving and see how it goes,” he added.“Qualifying for CHAN is first before you think of the Nations Cup.”Source: Ghanasoccernet