The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi regularly organizes “Majlis” (assembly) seminars at his palace. I had the distinct honor of being one of those presenters January, 2020. (A previous presenter was Bill Gates.) It was a life-changing experience.
The event began as I was escorted to the palace by my private (!)...
With a lot of hoopla, I was awarded this prestigious medal, named after the Nobel Laureate Ilya Prigogine. Prigogine was famous for his contributions to thermodynamics of open systems. Caps and gowns made everyone feel important, or at least special.
The Srpska Academy is a group of Eastern European scholars, who only occasionally confer the title of “Academician” on foreigners. The ceremony took place in the city of Banja Luka, where, I learned, the female to male birth ratio is higher than 6:1. Nobody knows why (pollution?), but the guys like it.
I was deeply honored to have been chosen from among all University of Washington faculty members to deliver the Annual Lecture. The lecture outlines the laboratory’s recent findings on water in a way that is accessible to general audiences.