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USU Alum and Nobel Laureate Presents Free Lecture March 7

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Invitation for Lars Hansen and the Presidential Lecture at USU

Utah State University alum and Nobel Laureate Lars Peter Hansen is the guest speaker for the Presidential Lecture series Friday, March 7. He presents "Consequences of Uncertainty," at 11:30 a.m. at the USU Performance Hall. Everyone is invited.

Utah State University alum Lars Peter Hansen, recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics, will present a free lecture, “Consequences of Uncertainty,” Friday, March 7, as the speaker of the Presidential Lecture series. The lecture begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall on the university campus. Everyone is invited.

Hansen was one of three Americans named a recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics. He is internationally known for his specialization in economic dynamics, using statistical methods applied to study linkages between financial markets and the macroeconomy.

“We are thrilled that Lars has so graciously accepted our offer to speak at USU,” said USU President Stan L. Albrecht. “He is a brilliant man whose expertise in economics is world-renowned. We look forward to his lecture and are proud to call him one of our own.”

After graduating from USU in 1974 with bachelor’s degrees in both mathematics and political science and a minor in economics, Hansen went on to earn a doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota.

Since joining the University of Chicago in 1981, Hansen is now the David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and Statistics and is the inaugural research director for the Becker-Friedman Institute.

Hansen’s work has garnered him several awards and honors, including the 2011 Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Economics, Finance and Management. He received an honorary doctorate from USU in 2012. The latest Nobel honor has gained attention from around the world.

Hansen is son of the late R. Gaurth Hansen, renowned biochemist and former USU provost, and longtime USU supporter Anna Lou Rees Hansen, who resides in St. George, Utah.

Contact: Maren Cartwright, (435) 797-1355,

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