2014 Dunlap Prize Lecture with Neil deGrasse Tyson

The March 21st Dunlap Prize Lecture with the one and only Neil deGrasse Tyson is coming up soon. Tickets are free but registration is required. Tickets are not yet available, however you can sign up for announcements on the website here.

From the Dunlap Institute: “Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will deliver a free public lecture at 8pm on March 21, 2014, in Convocation Hall, University of Toronto. The talk is being given in conjunction with Dr. Tyson receiving the inaugural Dunlap Prize, and will include an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

The Dunlap Prize is being awarded to Dr. Tyson in recognition of his remarkable efforts to communicate astronomy to the public, an achievement that resonates with the Dunlap Institute’s goal of excellence in astronomy and astrophysics.

Dr. Tyson is an exceptional communicator, a prolific author and writer, was the host of PBS’s NOVA ScienceNOW, and currently hosts the popular StarTalk Radio podcast. He is the presenter of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, the much-awaited follow-up to Carl Sagan’s landmark television series to be broadcast in 2014.

Dr. Tyson received his PhD in astrophysics from Columbia University and, following postdoctoral work at Princeton, became founding Chair of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. There he was project scientist for the reconstruction of the Hayden Planetarium, where he is now Astrophysicist and Frederick P. Rose Director.”

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ASX 11th Annual Symposium “Into the Cosmos”

Location and Time:JJR MacLeod Auditorium (MS 2158), 1 King’s College Circle from 7-10 pm the night of Friday, January 24, 2014.
Tickets available at Eventbrite.

This is the 11th annual symposium organized by ASX. This event aims to educate the public on some aspects of cosmology, and encourage students and the public to get informed and involved in the exciting projects and discoveries in cosmology. In the past, the symposium has featured famous astronauts, numerous top researchers, and leaders in the space industry. Previously, this annual event had attracted more than 600 audience members.

We are honored to be featuring:

Professor Anthony Aguirre (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Professor Matt Dobbs (University of McGill)

Professor Rafael Lopez-Mobilia (University of Texas at San Antonio)

Professor Anthony Aguirre from University of California, Santa Cruz

During the past two decades astronomers and cosmologists have assembled an extremely successful model that accurately describes and explains the evolution of the observable universe over the past 13.8 billion years, most recently confirmed with amazing accuracy by the PLANCK satellite’s observations of the cosmic microwave background. A key component of this cosmological “standard model” is the theory of Inflation, in which at ultra-early times the universe was expanding exponentially. Originally envisaged as an important but brief cosmological epoch, since Inflation’s invention cosmologists have realized that in many cases inflation completely upends our picture of the ultra large-scale structure of the universe, and suggests that the universe lasts forever, may not have had a beginning, and has enormous size and complexity that is best described as a ‘multiverse’. Aguirre will trace the development of these ideas, as well as look forward to prospects for testing or even confirming the idea of an infinite inflationary multiverse.

Professor Matt Dobbs from University of McGill

Mankind has been looking up at the cosmos throughout history, asking big questions such as, “what is our place in the universe, … how did it begin?” Today, astronomers and scientists have been addressing questions such as these through adventurous exploits that are yielding big answers. In this talk we’ll journey to Antarctica where the South Pole Telescope was built to answer questions about the origin, fate, and composition of the universe.

Professor Rafael Lopez-Mobilia from University of Texas at San Antonio

Cosmology is by now considered a precision science. It has achieved impressive advances in both observation and theory over the last few decades, which finally provide us with good answers to the ancient questions about the origin of the universe, its age and composition, its structure and how it developed, and its likely future evolution. Still, lots of mysteries remain, such as the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the cosmic asymmetry between matter and antimatter, and whether the universe is finite or infinite. In this talk we will explore these mysteries and some of the proposed explanations, and also speculate about what the possible consequences might be for our understanding of the cosmos and of the fundamentals laws of physics.

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Third Installment of the Star Talk Series: Exploring Mars with Rovers

ASX will be holding our third Star Talk on November 21 at 8pm. The speaker is Dr. Ralf Gellert, Principle Investigator of the Canadian Alpha-Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Guelph. The talk will be given in McLennan Physical Labs (60 St George Street). The room is number 103 on the first floor. This is a FREE event and open for all ages.

Ralf Gellert writes, “Last Summer the newest Mars Rover Curiosity made a picture perfect landing in Gale Crater to investigate the habitability of Mars in the past and present.
But what does this mean in detail and how does the rover tackle this task? The talk will discuss the rover, its tools and science instruments, how they work
together, as well as how the rover is operated on a day to day basis for over a year so far.
I’m the Principle Investigator of the Canadian Alpha-Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS), an improved version of the APXS instruments on board the earlier
Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Opportunity still operates to this very day over 9 years after landing. The APXS instruments analyze the chemical composition of soils
and rocks and contribute to the overall findings of all missions. APXS data allow to connect the different landing sites together to get a global view of how Mars
developed some 3-4 Billion years ago. All the missions show that water, one of the key ingredients needed for habitability, played a major role in Martian history.
The rovers found varying conditions, acidic and recently more neutral water that could shed light on the question, if life could have developed on Mars around the
same time it did on Earth.”

In case you missed it, here is a link to the audio from the Star Talk.

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