Aaronson Symposium Lecture: The State of the Universe 2017

Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:00pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theater

Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt's Public Lecture: New Location, New Ticket Price.
The Brian Schmidt "State of the Universe 2017" public lecture will now be held in the Stevie Eller Dance Theater. The ticket price has been reduced to $5 thanks to a special donor. Tickets for this event can be puchased online.

We are honored to be able to offer a special event to the Tucson Community. Dr Brian Schmidt, the 2011 Physics Nobel Laureate, who received a BS in Astronomy and Physics from UA in 1989, will be speaking to benefit the Marc Aaronson Prize Fund. The talk, "State of the Universe," is Monday, April 3, at 7pm, now in the Stevie Eller Dance Theater.

The independent discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe by two teams, one co-led by Dr. Brian Schmidt, turned physics on its head. The implications of this discovery are still reverberating through physics as researchers explore whether the discovery means that a mysterious dark energy permeates the Universe or whether Einstein's General Theory of Relativity needs some substantial tweaking. For their discovery, Dr. Brian Schmidt, his co-leader on the same team, Dr. Adam Riess, and the leader of an independent team, Dr. Saul Perlmutter, were jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Come hear Brian describe the exciting developments in cosmology since that discovery, when he presents his "State of the Universe" talk.

Marc Aaronson was an Astronomer and Associate Professor at UA who died tragically in 1987 at the age of 36. We have, for the past 30 years, honored his passion for science by inviting a scientist to Tucson who has worked to improve and deepen our understanding of the Universe. Thirteen previous Aaronson Prize Winners are returning to Tucson (including Dr Schmidt) to celebrate the 30th year of the Aaronson Prize Lectureship. They will be giving talks at a graduate-level science symposium on April 3 and 4.

Steward Observatory is excited to organize a unique symposium to be held at the University of Arizona on 3-4 April 2017 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Marc Aaronson Memorial Lectureship. Marc Aaronson was an extremely promising University of Arizona scientist who at an early age made seminal contributions to astrophysics but died in a tragic accident while conducting astronomical observations. The Marc Aaronson Memorial Lectureship was established not only to honor Professor Aaronson's achievements in astronomy but also to promulgate the values of dedication to, excellence in, and intense passion for astronomical research that he exemplified. The award has recognized early to mid-career scientists who, like Marc, exhibit the kind of passion for research that has propelled them to perform the cutting edge work in observational astronomy that has deepened our understanding of the universe. This Lectureship has an illustrious history. The 18 awardees selected so far over the 30 years have gone on to subsequently collect two Nobel prizes, a MacArthur Prize, a Crafoord Prize, five Gruber Prizes, three Shaw Prizes, and a Kavli Prize. This record is most striking given that the selection committee has strived to recognize individuals early in their careers prior to achieving such distinguished honors. The 30th anniversary of this award provides an occasion to bring back 15 previous Lectureship awardees to Tucson for a truly special series of talks open to registered participants. The two-day scientific conference will be held on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson and will be complemented with a public lecture and other public events.

Oral talks are only being given by the Aaronson laureates. We welcome poster submissions from junior researchers (postdocs and grad students). We will try to accommodate all. More information will be sent to registered participants at a later date.

Grad students and postdocs pay no fee for the Symposium, thanks to a grant. Please register anyway through the symposium website.


Information: Cathi Duncan, cathi@as.arizona.edu 520-621-8792