KICP Workshops & Events
KICP Lectures, Talks, & Events, 2011
KICP @ 2011 NSTA National Conference on Science Education "Celebrating the Joy of Science"
March 10 - 13, 2011 | San Francisco, CA
March 10-13, 2011
KICP Members: Randall H. Landsberg; Kathryn K. Schaffer
KICP open house for prospective graduate students
April 8, 2011 | 1:30 PM | LASR conference room
Cafe Scientifique: Dan Hooper, "Our Dark Cosmos"
April 18, 2011 | 7:00 PM | Map Room - 1949 North Hoyne Ave Chicago, IL
KICP Members: Daniel Hooper; Randall H. Landsberg
73th Compton Lectures: Nahee Park, "99 years of discovery: What is our current picture of cosmic rays?"
May 14, 2011 | 11:00 AM | Kersten Physics Teaching Center, Room 106
We are living in a great era supplied with a continuous flow of new discoveries about the universe. There are several telescopes on the ground and in space providing beautiful pictures generated with the light coming from the stars, galaxies and different parts of the universe. However, light is not the only messenger. There are particles coming from the universe - from our galaxy and likely from outside of our galaxy. Since Victor Hess's discovery of these alien particles, which were later named "Cosmic Rays", 99 years have passed. There are many questions about Cosmic Rays: Where are these coming from? How and where do they gain their energy? Can our knowledge of the universe provide sufficient mechanisms to explain what we’ve measured on Earth? Since the discovery, there have been numerous experimental and theoretical efforts to answer these questions. Much significant progress has been made here in Chicago by lots of scientists, including Arthur Holly Compton, for whom the lecture series is named. Now, just one year short of the centennial of discovery, how are we doing withall these questions? During this season's Compton lecture series, we will talk about what kind of knowledge we can gain by looking at Cosmic Rays, and we will take a look at our current picture of Cosmic Rays. Also, we will find how the knowledge obtained from light and particles can complement our understanding of the universe.
KICP Members: Nahee Park
Josh Frieman, "The Dark Universe"
June 9, 2011 | 7:00 PM | Adler Planetarium
Over the last decade, cosmologists have made remarkable discoveries about our Universe: only 4% of the Universe is made of ordinary matter---atoms, molecules, etc. The other 96% is dark, in a form totally unlike anything with which we are familiar. Dark Matter, which makes up about a quarter of the Universe, holds galaxies together and is the key ingredient in their formation. The remaining three quarters of the Universe is composed of Dark Energy, a mysterious substance that is causing the expansion of the Universe to speed up. This presentation will introduce the Dark Universe, overview what we've learned about it, describe new experiments and observatories that will aim to solve these enigmas, and will include a virtual full-dome tour of the large- scale Universe revealed by recent cosmic sky surveys.
Josh Frieman is a senior staff scientist at the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics and Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and member of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. He currently directs the Dark Energy Survey, a collaboration of over 120 scientists from 20 institutions on 3 continents, which is building a 570 Megapixel camera for a telescope in Chile to probe the origin of cosmic acceleration.
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KICP Members: Joshua A. Frieman; Mark Subbarao
Scientific projects: Dark Energy Survey (DES)
Cafe Scientifique: Chris Lintott, "Why we need you to save science"
June 20, 2011 | 7:00 PM | Map Room - 1949 North Hoyne Ave Chicago, IL
KICP Members: Randall H. Landsberg
74th Compton Lectures: Mark Wyman, "Before the beginning to after the end"
October 1 - December 10, 2011 | 11:00 AM | KPTC 106
October 8, 2011 @ 11 am
October 15, 2011 @ 11 am
October 22, 2011 @ 11 am
October 29, 2011 @ 11 am
November 5, 2011 @ 11 am
November 12, 2011 @ 11 am
November 19, 2011 @ 11 am
December 10, 2011 @ 11 am
We will hear the tale of the Cosmos, beginning with the epoch before the Big Bang and concluding with extrapolations into the far future. We will begin with the first fourteen billion years of cosmological history, explaining how theorists and observers have worked together to establish a consensus model for cosmology. We can now account for most of what we see in the cosmos with just six numbers. But, cosmology is not yet finished: our inability to connect this model to fundamental physics is leading us into crisis. In the second half of the series, we'll learn about these crises of contemporary cosmology -- and hear some speculations about how they might be resolved. History will look back on these years as the golden age of cosmology. Cosmological observations have never been better. Theory has rarely been more confused. Dr. Wyman will provide a glimpse into the minds of today's cosmologists: towards what they are bending their thoughts and what kinds of radical breakthroughs they hope to discover.
KICP Members: Mark Wyman
KICP at GLPA Conference: Randall H. Landsberg, Tom Plagge, Mark SubbaRao, Fredrick W. High, "The Hunt for Dark Energy"
October 20, 2011 | 3:30 PM | Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College, in Champaign, IL
KICP Members: Fredrick W. High; Randall H. Landsberg; Tom Plagge; Mark Subbarao
Chicago Humanities Festival: Rocky Kolb, "Telescopes: The Long Lens of History"
October 23, 2011 | 2:30 PM | The Law School, Glen A. Lloyd Auditorium
For over 400 years, the telescope has been an indispensible tool of scientific discovery, wielded by amateurs and luminaries alike in their eager explorations of the heavens. The telescope revealed the existence of our solar system's outer planets and brought us crisp images of approaching comets. It also radically changed our understanding of the universe and its boundaries. As telescopes have increased in size and power, astronomers have answered old questions and raised new ones about dark matter, distant planets, and the existence of other life forms. Rocky Kolb, chair of the University of Chicago's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, uses the history of the telescope to take us on a journey through time, the cosmos, and human discovery.
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KICP Members: Edward W. Kolb
John Mather, NASA, "James Webb Space Telescope: Science Opportunities and Mission Progress"
October 31, 2011 | 4:00 PM | KPTC 106
EFI Colloquium: Andrey Kravtsov, "The chemistry of galaxy formation"
November 7, 2011 | 4:15 PM | LASR conference room
KICP Members: Andrey V. Kravtsov
Astronomy Conversation @ Adler Planetarium
December 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium
KICP Members: Thomas M. Crawford
Scientific projects: South Pole Telescope (SPT)