From Professor of Astronomy Seth Redfield:
Mae Jemison is the 2016 Sturm Lecturer and will be giving a public lecture next Tuesday, April 19th at 8pm in the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (formerly the CFA Hall). Her talk is entitled, “Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential”. She is a former astronaut, served in the Peace Corp, is a physician by training, majored in engineering and African and Afro-American Studies at Stanford, is a fierce advocate for STEM education, and is currently leading the 100 Year Starship Project… and that is just some of the things she has done.
Bring your friends, family, and classmates. There will be a reception following the public lecture at the Observatory (and the telescopes will be open if it is clear).
Date: Tuesday, April 19
Time: 8:00-9:30 PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
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Craig Malamut ’12 tells us that homeboy and Nobel Laureate Adam Riess is lecturing on dark energy.
The Wesleyan Astronomy Department is having its annual Sturm Memorial
Lecture! This year’s distinguished speaker is Nobel laureate Dr. Adam
In 1929 Edwin Hubble discovered that our Universe is expanding. Eighty
years later, the Space Telescope which bears his name is being used to
study an even more surprising phenomenon, that the expansion is
speeding up. Dr. Riess will describe how his team discovered the
acceleration of the Universe and why understanding the nature of dark
energy presents one of the greatest remaining challenges in
astrophysics and cosmology.
Dr. Riess is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a leader
in the field of observational cosmology. In 2011, he was named a
co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Reception and telescope viewing at the Van Vleck Observatory to follow
For more information, click here.
Date: Today, April 18
Time: 7:30 PM