The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University is hosting renowned Princeton biophysicist Dr. John J. Hopfield at 7 p.m. Tuesday (March 13).

The lecture,How Do We Think So Fast? From Neurons to Brain Computations,will be in Room G15 of the Life Sciences Building on WVU s Downtown Campus.

The event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. It is sponsored by WVU s Department of Physics.

Hopfield is most widely known for his invention of anassociative neural networkin 1982, which is now more commonly known as the Hopfield Network.

He is currently a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, Past President of the American Physical Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

He has received the MacArthur Foundation Award, the Dirac Medal and the Albert Einstein World Award of Science.

We are very excited about Professor Hopfields upcoming visit and talk,said Dr. Earl Scime, chair of WVU s Department of Physics.Although many physicists have made important contributions to the biological sciences, Professor Hopfields contributions to the field of neural networks are an outstanding example of cutting-edge science where physics and biology overlap.

I am certain that the many faculty and students across campus whose research interests include neural networks and nonlinear systems are also excited by his visit.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Koepke at 304-293-3422, ext. 1456 or .