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Nobel Laureate to Participate in Nicholas Academic Center-Chapman University Program to Reach Inner-City High School Students

Board of Director Jack Mandel posing with Noble Prize winner for Experimental Economics Dr. Vernon Smith, his colleagues Dr. Bart Wilson and Jeffrey Kirchner, and Chapman University Chancellor Dr. Daniele C. Struppa.Board of Director Jack Mandel posing with Noble Prize winner for Experimental Economics Dr. Vernon Smith, his colleagues Dr. Bart Wilson and Jeffrey Kirchner, and Chapman University Chancellor Dr. Daniele C. Struppa.World-Renowned Economist Vernon L. Smith Will Lecture on “Experimental Economics” at the After-School Mentoring and Tutoring Center in Santa Ana, CA.


ORANGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nobel Prize-winning economist Vernon L. Smith, and his colleague, Bart Wilson, of Chapman University’s Economic Science Institute on Saturday, Nov. 5, will make their second appearance as part of the Nicholas Academic Centers’ 2011-12 “Visiting Scholar Series” in partnership with Chapman University. Dr. Smith delivered his first lecture in the series in January 2011.

The program, now in its second year, is aimed at introducing high school students from inner-city communities in Santa Ana to a college academic environment, while strengthening ties with highly respected local universities. Since the program launched last fall, Chapman University faculty and staff have delivered lectures to students, parents and community members on a broad range of subjects, from the origins of mathematics to how to build a video game. (Lectures are held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 313 North Birch Street, 2nd floor, in downtown Santa Ana, and are open to the public).

Dr. Smith, known as the “founding father of experimental economics,” will discuss “Using Experiments to Teach The Foundations of Exchange” with Nicholas Academic Center students, parents and staff. Smith was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in using laboratory experiments to research why markets and other exchange systems work the way they do. Dr. Wilson will assist Dr. Smith in carrying out sample experiments with the students, using the Economic Science Institute’s portable laboratory.

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