[ASC-list] (VIC) Upcoming Astronomy Lecture at Swinburne

Elizabeth Stark estark at swin.edu.au
Tue Sep 30 23:46:51 UTC 2008

Please see below for details of an upcoming lecture at Swinburne.  For those
who are not Melbourne locals, this lecture will be available from
Swinburne's iTunesU pages (previous visiting professor talks are also
available here)


Swinburne Research, in conjunction with the Centre for Astrophysics and
Supercomputing, has pleasure in inviting you to attend the Deputy
Vice-Chancellor (Research) Visiting Professor lecture series.

This lecture is one of a series of lectures given by Visiting Professors
whose visits have been sponsored by the Board of Research Visiting Professor
Award Scheme.

Speaker: Professor Bill Harris, McMaster University, Canada

Date: Wednesday 15 October at 6.30pm

Location: AR104 http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/contact/

The lecture is free, but as seating is limited, please contact Carolyn Cliff
03 9214 5569 or contact at astro.swin.edu.au to reserve a seat.



Creative Reactions to the End of the World: From Galileo to the 21st Century


The universe beyond the Earth has been an increasingly more astonishing
place ever since Galileo's first discoveries with the telescope 400 years
ago.  Now, we are trying to understand a flood of revolutionary concepts
such as hundreds of planets discovered around nearby stars and the chance of
finding life elsewhere; dark matter around galaxies everywhere; vast amounts
of shadowy "dark energy" throughout all
of space; or giant black holes at the centers of galaxies. How did we get
here?  What does it mean?  People as far back as Galileo's time have faced
exactly the same questions about the outside world that we do now, and their
reactions are as fascinating as the discoveries themselves.


Bill Harris is a native of western Canada and did his graduate studies in
astronomy at the University of Toronto, finishing in 1974. Since 1976 he has
been a faculty member at McMaster University in
Hamilton, Canada teaching and doing research.  He was elected as a Fellow of
the the Royal Society of Canada in 2004 and currently holds a Canadian
national Killam Research Fellowship.

He has spent most of his research career studying the very oldest types of
stars in the universe:  the globular star clusters and the stars in the
outer halos of giant galaxies.  He has published more than 160 research
papers on these subjects and works with colleagues all over the world,
especially Europe, Chile, the USA, and Australia.

Dr Elizabeth Stark
Marketing and Business Manager
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
Swinburne University of Technology
Emaill: vr at swin.edu.au
Tel:   +61 3 9214 8891
Mob: +61 404 802 760
Fax:  +61 3 9214 8797

Visualising the Universe
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