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Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7pm
"The Dawn of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy"
On September 14, 2015, the unique gravitational-wave signature of a black-hole binary merger was detected by the Advanced LIGO observatories. This marks the beginning of a completely new era of modern physics, the dawn of observational gravitational-wave astrophysics. Please join us as Dr. McWilliams, a member of the science discovery team, will discuss the discovery and observations, their overall impact, and what lies ahead for this new field.
Dr. Sean T. McWilliams
Department of Physics & Astronomy
West Virginia University
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7pm
"The First Light in the Universe"
The Planck satelliate, launched in May 2009 by the European Space Agency, has as its mission to observe the first light of the Universe. It was designed to image the temperature of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation -- the relic radiation left over after The Big Bang some 14 billion years ago -- to unprecendeted accuracy. Join us as one of the key members of the science team, Dr. Marco Bersanelli from the University of Milan in Italy, will visit JMU to tell us what we're learning about the origins of our Universe.
Dr. Marco Bersanelli
Instrument Scientist & Deputy Principal Investigator, Planck Satellite
University of Milano
Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7pm
"Searching for Our Molecular Origins"
One of the greatest scientific quests underway is that of finding life beyond Earth. Join us as the Dr. Stefanie Milam, Deputy Project Scientist for Planetary Science for the James Webb Space Telescope, will discuss the latest in prebiotic searches both inside and outside of our Solar System. She also address how new facilities, like the the James Webb Space Telescope, will help shed new light in this pursuit of understanding our cosmic origins.
Dr. Stefanie Milam
Deputy Project Scientist for Planetary Science, James Webb Space Telescope
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7pm
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How are innate human qualities reflected in our quest to explore and comprehend the universe? Our Nation's space science endeavors have practical and sometimes hidden benefits, and can be inspiring, but fundamentally they are a manifestation of human nature, and something in which we can all take pride. Using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission as an example, I'd like to bring a space mission "down to Earth." My goals are to demystify the machines that help us answer some of the deepest questions we've thought to ask, to share the joy of scientific discovery, and to shed a bit of light on the path that lies ahead.—Dave Leisawitz