Free astronomy event for UCSB students

by Daina Tagavi, Professional Development Peer
Monday, July 15, 2019 7:45 AM

Every year, the Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO), a non-profit science organization in Goleta, organizes public events including Astronomy Talk Series and Astronomy on Tap in Santa Barbara.

The next Astronomy Talk event is on Wednesday, July 17th, at 7pm. ‚ÄčThis will be a public talk by 2011 Nobel Laureate Professor Adam Riess of Johns Hopkins University, who will be speaking on "Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe."

Adam Riess is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, the Thomas J. Barber Professor in Space Studies at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Krieger Eisenhower Professor of Physics and Astronomy, a distinguished astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

In 2011, he was named a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and was awarded the Albert Einstein Medal for his leadership in the High-z Supernova Search Team’s discovery that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating, a phenomenon widely attributed to a mysterious, unexplained "dark energy" filling the universe. The discovery was named by Science magazine in 1998 as "the Breakthrough Discovery of the Year." His accomplishments have been recognized with a number of other awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008, the Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize in 2007 (shared), and the Shaw Prize in Astronomy in 2006.

The event is free. Click here for more details.