WATERBURY — Naugatuck Valley Community College will host the Scott Lawrence Pond Annual Minorities in STEM seminar with Dr. Ronald Mallett from the University of Connecticut from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, in the Founders Hall Community Room F101 at NVCC, 750 Chase Pkwy.

Dr. Mallett will speak about his research on time travel, his journey to becoming a respected author and the adversities he has faced as a minority in his path to become a physicist.            

Dr. Mallett received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Pennsylvania State University. He worked for United Technologies from 1973-75. He joined the physics faculty at the University of Connecticut in Storrs in 1975 where he is currently emeritus and research professor of physics.            

He has published numerous papers on black holes and cosmology in professional journals. His breakthrough research on time travel has been featured extensively in media around the world including the “New Scientist,” “Boston Globe,” “Rolling Stone,” “The Wall Street Journal,” and broadcasts such as NPR’s This American Life, Austria’s Science Busters, the History Channel, National Geographic, the Science Channel and CNN.           

He has appeared in feature-length documentary “How to Build a Time Machine,” which won Best Documentary at the 2017 New York City Sci-Fi Film Festival.

His recently published memoir, “Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality,” has been translated into Korean, Chinese and Japanese. 

The memoir is currently in discussion to become a major Hollywood motion picture.            

The seminar is the first in what will be a yearly forum for respected STEM professionals to share their careers, perspectives and experiences about the personal and intellectual journeys they have undertaken to get where they are today.

NVCC students and approximately 25 high school students will attend to learn about STEM career paths. 

The public is also invited to register for the free event.            

A brief luncheon will be provided following the event to encourage one-on-one conversations with the speaker. The event is sponsored by the Scott Lawrence Pond Memorial Fund through the Naugatuck Valley Community College Foundation.            

Those seeking additional information or to register for the event may call 203-596-2175.

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