Neta Bahcall, an astrophysicist studying the field of osmology and a Eugene Higgins Professor at Princeton University, will give two lectures in the Patten Lecture Series at Indiana University on October 23 and 25.
Neta Bahcall possesses impressive credentials. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from Hebrew University in Israel in 1963. She went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Physics at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel in 1965 and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Tel Aviv University in 1970.
Bahcall worked as a research fellow at the Physics Department at the California Institute of Technology, as a senior research astronomer and research associate at Princeton University and at the Space Technology Science Institute.
She has numerous publications including pieces in journals such as Nuclear Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Nature, Highlights of Astronomy, and Advances in Space Research.
Perhaps among her most notable accomplishments is her creation of innovative techniques to interpret astronomical data. More specifically, she created a statistical technique that allows astronomers to understand how large clusters of galaxies are spread throughout the universe.
Neta Bahcall, who is currently a professor of astrophysics at Princeton University, will deliver two lectures at Indiana University, Bloomington on Tuesday October 23 and Thursday October 25, 2007.
The first talk she will give on October 23 is entitled, “The Dark Side of the Universe” and will explore what exactly makes up the universe. According to the Indiana University press release, recent research indicates “dark energy” may make up the majority of the universe – a force that opposes gravity, causing the universe to continue to expand.
On October 25, Bahcall will give a lecture entitled, “Will the Universe Expand Forever?” which explores the universe’s future. The talk will examine theories on whether the universe will continue to expand or whether it will collapse in upon itself.
Both of these lectures are open to the public free of charge. Both lectures will be held in Ballantine Hall in room 109 and are scheduled to begin at 7:30pm.
William T. Patten Lectures have been held at Indiana University Bloomington since 1937. More than 180 nationally and internationally known academic scholars have presented in the Patten Lecture series thus far. They are known for their ability to present their field of study to a general audience.
For more information on Patten Lectures at Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana, including information about future Patten Lecture speakers, please visit: www.patten.indiana.edu.
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