Penn Opens Center for Particle Cosmology to Study Early Nature of the Universe

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 18, 2009

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WHAT:

Leading experts in physics and astronomy will gather for a reception celebrating the launch of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Particle Cosmology, a joint venture between cosmology and particle physics which provides an incubator for research into dark matter, dark energy and the nature of the early universe, fostering the development of new theoretical approaches.

The study of the microscopically small and the unimaginably large are no longer distinct realms of inquiry. In the first of a series of events hosted by the Center for Particle Cosmology, leading experts will consider what insights modern observations might provide into phenomena such as dark matter, dark energy and the physics of the early universe.

WHO:

Mark Devlin, professor of physics and astronomy, will lead a multi-media presentation on BLAST, the balloon-born Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope.

Evelyn Thompson, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, will lead a multi-media presentation on the Large Hadron Collider experiment.

Panelists Include:

Vijay Balasubramanian, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Bhuvnesh Jain, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Janna Levin, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University and author of A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, winner of the 2007 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers

Mark Trodden, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Moderated By:

Gino Segre, mmeritus professor of physics and astronomy and author of Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics

Introduction By:

Tom Lubensky, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy

WHEN:

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

WHERE:

Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
3417 Spruce St.


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