Sturm Memorial Lecture
In memory of Kenneth E. Sturm, a Wesleyan alumnus, this annual event is held in the spring and is open to the public. It features a presentation from an astronomer that is outstanding in their field and able to communicate the excitement of science to a lay audience. The event is free and open to anyone.
The 2014 Sturm Memorial Lecture
"Black Holes, Galaxies, and the Evolution of the Universe"
Speaker: Dr. Meg Urry, Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Yale University, and Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Black holes form in the young Universe and, over the next 13 billion years or so, accrete enormous amounts of matter from the galaxy that surrounds each one. By the present time, a black hole and its host galaxy have grown in mass by factors of a million or more, roughly in lockstep. By taking the census of black hole growth across cosmic time, we reveal the evolution of the Universe itself.
Professor Urry is a leader in the study of black hole-powered active galactic nuclei and how they interact with the galaxies within which they reside. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the incoming president of the American Astronomical Society.
Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:00PM
Where: CFA Hall, Wesleyan University
Reception and telescope viewing at the Van Vleck Observatory to follow the lecture.
|Year||Guest Speaker||Title of presentation|
|2013||Dr. Adam Riess, Johns Hopkins University/Space Telescope Science Institute||"Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe"|
|2012||Dr. Alan Title, Lockheed Martin/Stanford University||"Making the Invisible Sun Visible"|
|2011||Dr. John Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center||"History of the Universe in a Nutshell: From the Big Bang to Life and the End of Time"|
|2010||Dr. Jill Tarter, SETI Institute||"Are We Alone?"|
|2009||Dr. Taft Armandroff, W.M. Keck Observatory||"Frontier Science with the World's Largest Telescope"|
|2008||Dr. Steven Squyres, Cornell University||"Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet"|
|2007||Dr. Alex Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley||"Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe"|
|2006||Dr. David Spergel, Princeton University||"Taking the Baby Picture of the Universe"|
|2005||Dr. Charles Bailyn, Yale Univesity||"How to See a Black Hole"|
|2004||Dr. Alyssa Goodman, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics||"Making Stars"|
|2003||Dr. David J. Helfand, Columbia University||"How Superman Saw the Stars"|
|2002||Dr. Neta Bahcall, Princeton University||"The Dark Side of the Universe"|
|2001||Dr. Robert Williams, Distinguished Research Scholar of the Space Telescope Science Institute||"Through The Looking Glass: The Universe Seen With Hubble Space Telescope"|
|2000||Dr. Geoff Marcy, University of California, Berkeley||"Cosmic Oases: New Worlds and Life in the Universe"|
|1998||Dr. Martha Haynes, Cornell University||"Dark Matter and the Future of the Universe"|
|1997||Dr. Margaret Geller, Harvard University||"So Many Galaxies... So Little Time..."|
|1996||Dr. David Latham, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics||"Searching for Planets"|
|1995||Dr. Robert Kirshner, Chairman of Astronomy Department at Harvard University||"Taking Measure of the Universe: How Big? How Old? How Do We Know?"|
|1994||Dr. Owen Gingrich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics||"Hypothesis, Proof, and the Censors, or How Galileo Changed the Rules of Science."|
|1993||Dr. Stephen Strom, University of Massachusetts||"The Formation of Stars and Solar Systems"|
|1992||Dr. Vera Rubin, Carnegie Institution of Washington||"What Newton Didn't Know About the Universe"|
|1991||Dr. Jay Pasachoff, Williams College||"The Sun and Solar Eclipses"|