Harvard astronomer to speak in Science Today series

John HuchraSUNY Oswego’s Science Today lecture series will add a special program as it resumes this semester: “The State of the Universe Report” by Dr. John Huchra of Harvard University.

The talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in Room 119 of Piez Hall will be part of Huchra’s two-day visit to Oswego under the American Astronomical Society’s Shapley Visiting Lectureship Program. It will be open to all free of charge.

“Our best model of the universe, the hot Big Bang, has recently been put on a much firmer footing by advanced observations with new satellites and ground-based telescopes,” Huchra said. “We have what just might be the final answer on the age and fate of the universe and the basic parameters of our cosmological model. Or do we?”

The Shapley program “funds a senior, eminent research astronomer to visit a primarily undergraduate institution for two days, giving talks and meeting with students,” said Dr. Shashi Kanbur of Oswego’s physics department. “The goal is arouse interest in astronomy.”

Huchra is the vice provost for research policy at Harvard and a professor of astronomy at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He will be at SUNY Oswego Feb. 9 and 10.

Dr. Peter Rosenbaum of Oswego’s biology department will open the Science Today series this semester with a talk on eyes and evolution at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Room 101 of Snygg Hall.

For more on these two lectures and on the complete Science Today lineup for spring semester, see www.oswego.edu/science.

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(Posted: Jan 25, 2006)