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Bettencourt to Deliver Buthman Lecture March 28

CONWAY, Ark. (March 25, 2019) – Guest lecturer Dr. Luís Bettencourt will visit Hendrix College this week as part of the Buthman Endowed Visiting Scholar and Lectureship Program. His lecture, “The Challenge of Global Urbanization” will take place Thursday, March 28, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Bertie Wilson Murphy Building on the Hendrix campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Over the next few decades, most nations in the world are expected to urbanize to levels similar to the U.S. today, where over 80 percent of people live in cities. These processes will generate a world that is more connected, more dynamical, wealthier, more creative, and more challenged from the point of view of resources and environmental impacts. Bettencourt’s lecture will address why and how these processes are happening now, and discuss some of their consequences, including a new context of international policy for sustainable development.

Bettencourt is the Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, as well as an External Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute. He was trained as a theoretical physicist and obtained his undergraduate degree from Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal) in 1992, and his Ph.D. from Imperial College (University of London, UK) in 1996 for research in statistical and high-energy physics models of the early Universe. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), Los Alamos National Laboratory (Director’s Fellow and Slansky Fellow) and at MIT (Center for Theoretical Physics). He has worked extensively on complex systems theory and on cities and urbanization, in particular. His research emphasizes the creation of new interdisciplinary synthesis to describe cities in quantitative and predictive ways, informed by classical theory from various disciplines and the growing availability of empirical data worldwide. He is the author of over 100 scientific papers and several edited books, and his research has been featured in leading media venues, such as the New York Times, Nature, Wired, New Scientist, and the Smithsonian.

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