Saturday, July 21, 2012
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Speaker: Jeffrey Silverman
Some of the brightest and most fascinating objects in the Universe are exploding stars known as supernovae. These colossal outbursts result from the deaths of stars and for a time can outshine the entire galaxy in which they are found. Observations of very distant supernovae provided the first evidence that our Universe is accelerating in its expansion, likely due to a repulsive and mysterious "dark energy." It was these observations that were recently awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Dr. Jeff Silverman studies and observes supernovae with Prof. Alex Filippenko, and recently received his PhD from UC Berkeley. He was born and raised in Anaheim, CA just down the street from Disneyland and graduated from Rice University in Houston, TX in 2005. In the Fall, Jeff will be returning to Texas as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Austin.
This free public talk is presented as part of the monthly "Science@Cal Lecture Series".