[ASC-list] SE-Qld: BrisScience - The Big Bang and Dark Energy

Michelle Riedlinger michelle at econnect.com.au
Thu Sep 25 23:49:54 UTC 2008


The Big Bang and Dark Energy – Associate Professor Michael Drinkwater, Dr.
Kevin Pimbblet and Dr Tamara Davis

Monday 6th October 2008
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
Free, no booking required

There will be refreshments following the talk, and Michael, Kevin and Tamara
will be available to answer any questions.

For further information or to subscribe to the mailing list, visit
www.BrisScience.org or contact Joel Gilmore (joel at BrisScience.org, 0411 267
044) or Lynelle Ross (nelle at brisScience.org).

Please forward on this announcement to friends and colleagues. 

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The Big Bang and Dark Energy

Did the Big Bang happen? How can we be sure? What evidence is there at the
present time for the Big Bang happening? What is dark energy? How is it
connected to the Big Bang? How are astronomers currently looking for dark
energy?

In this presentation, three astronomers from the University of Queensland
will give an entertaining tour of these and other modern Big Questions in
science with a theatrical flavour. In particular, they will describe their
work on an ambitious 4-year Australian project to measure dark energy.

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Associate Professor Michael Drinkwater, Dr Kevin Pimbblet and Dr Tamara
Davis are all members of the UQ Astrophysics Research Group. 

Associate Professor Michael Drinkwater’s research interests are in
Astronomy, specialising in Dwarf Galaxy Formation, Star Formation in
Galaxies, The Nature of Red Quasars, and the International Virtual
Observatory. He completed his PhD at The University of Cambridge in 1988. He
has since worked at Laval University in Quebec, the Anglo-Australian
Observatory, the University of New South Wales and the University of
Melbourne. 

Dr Kevin Pimbblet’s research interests include filaments of galaxies, and
cluster evolution. He completed his PhD at Durham University in 2001.

Dr Tamara Davis’s research includes the ESSENCE collaboration where she uses
type Ia supernovae to measure the expansion history of the universe and test
whether exotic cosmological models can explain the acceleration.  Tamara
also works with the SNAP collaboration, designing a space telescope that
could become the Joint Dark Energy Mission and launch sometime in the
mid-2010's.  Most recently Tamara joined the WiggleZ collaboration at The
University of Queensland and will be using baryon acoustic oscillations (the
pattern of galaxies in the sky) to measure the composition of the universe.

Date: Monday 6th October 2008
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Venue: Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
THIS IS A FREE EVENT, NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED

Refreshments: There will be refreshments following the talk, and Michael,
Kevin and Tamara will be available to answer any questions.

Got Questions? Contact Joel (joel at BrisScience.org, 0411 267 044) or Nelle
(nelle at BrisScience.org)

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Dates for your diary!

10 October 2008 – Dr Joel Gilmore – The Large Hadron Collider – what’s it
all about? (Friday 10th October @ 4 pm Room 222, Parnell Building UQ)
3 November 2008 – TBC
1 December 2008 – Dr Ben McNeil

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Looking forward to seeing you on the night!

Joel and Nelle

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The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia 4072
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