Boston Harper Lecture
May 8, 2014: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Boston Harper Lecture with Stephan Meyer, LAB'70: Researching the Universe in Antarctica
The Lenox Hotel
61 Exeter Street
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 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.
Cost: $20/person for general admission
$10/person for recent graduates (College alumni of the past ten years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Alumni Leadership, Chicago, Harper, and Phoenix Societies
Includes program and refreshments
6:00 PM-7:00 PM: Registration and Reception
Stephan Meyer (Speaker)
Stephan Meyer, LAB'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 in the Departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and 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.