Chicago Harper Lecture with Professor Steven Meyer: Researching the Universe in Antarctica
May 3, 2012: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The South Pole Station in Antarctica is an important observatory for research in astrophysics and cosmology. Several telescopes operate throughout the six-month Antarctic night gathering information on the cosmic microwave background radiation and on distant clusters of galaxies to explore how the universe as we know it today evolved. Because of the extreme conditions and remoteness of the site, designing, constructing and operating these research tools is a challenge and an adventure.
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston
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Members of the Chicago Society, Harper Society, or Phoenix Society, and one guest, are welcome to attend free of charge when registering in advance. To take advantage of this benefit, or to request more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, the name of your guest, and your contact information.
This lecture is part of the Harper Lecture series offered to the University community across the country and around the world by the University of Chicago Alumni Association. Named for the University's first president, William Rainey Harper, the series carries on his vision of broadly accessible and innovative education. For more information about educational opportunities (including study trips, online resources, and more), visit the alumni education resources page on the Alumni and Friends website.Includes program and reception
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$10/person for young alumni (Young alumni are College graduates of the past 10 years and professional school graduates of the past 5 years.)
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Stephan Meyer, U-High'70, a member of the South Pole Telescope team, will talk about the science being investigated by these telescopes and the excitement of carrying out research on the Antarctic continent. Meyer is a professor of astronomy and astrophysics, physics, the Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College. He was a postdoctoral associate and then assistant professor of physics at MIT before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1993.