Compton Lecturer to tell story of galaxy formation
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April 11, 2005 Press Contact: Steve Koppes
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Compton Lecturer to tell story of galaxy formation

Learn what the universe is made of, how old it is, how it has been evolving since its conception and what scientists predict for its ultimate fate in a series of free, public lectures at the University of Chicago beginning Saturday, April 16.

The series of eight lectures, titled “The story of galaxy formation in our universe,” will be held Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon in room 106 of the Kersten Physics Teaching Center, 5720 S. Ellis Ave.

Risa Wechsler, a Fellow in both the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, will deliver the lectures. Among other things, she will tell how the study of cosmology has undergone a revolution in the past decade, driven by a wealth of observational data and by theoretical and computational advances.

Wechsler received her bachelor’s degree in physics in 1996 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in physics in 2001 from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her research interests include cosmology and theoretical astrophysics.

The talks are the 61st series of Arthur Holly Compton Lectures, sponsored each fall and spring by the University’s Enrico Fermi Institute. Compton was a University of Chicago physicist and a Nobel laureate, best known for demonstrating that light has the characteristics of both a wave and a particle. He also organized the effort to produce plutonium for the atomic bomb and directed the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago, where Fermi and his colleagues produced the first controlled nuclear chain reaction in 1942.

The lectures are intended to make science accessible to a general audience and to convey the excitement of new discoveries in the physical sciences. Previous topics have ranged from the smallest fundamental particles to the history of the universe. All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call (773) 702-7823.
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