March 15, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning will host the presentation, "Diamonds from Peanut Butter: A Brief History of Airplanes, Computers, Golf Clubs and Just About Everything Else," with Bucknell University President John Bravman on Monday, March 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will explore the world of everyday engineering.

Bravman, who was named Bucknell president in 2010, holds his degrees in materials science and engineering from Stanford University, where he served for 35 years in a variety of roles, including professor of engineering, and vice provost for undergraduate education.

He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles and taught primarily in the fields of materials structure and analysis, thin-film mechanical phenomena, microelectronic reliability and high-temperature superconductivity. A tenured professor of electrical engineering at Bucknell, he recently patented two coatings that may make coronary stents safer for heart-disease patients.

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning has provided adult learners in the Central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities since its inauguration during the fall of 2009. The Institute is a self-supporting affiliate of Bucknell University. All of its programs and events are supported by membership and course registration fees and donations from members and friends.

For more information about the Institute's programs, call 570-522-0105 or email