Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series in Astronomy
About the Iben Lecture Series
Founded in 1997 and named in honor of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Icko Iben Jr., the Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series brings a noted astronomer to campus to highlight some of the latest developments in astronomy in a forum geared for the general public.
The 2015 Iben Lecture - "What Scientists Know About The Big Bang"
The Astronomy Department is pleased to announce the 2015 Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lecture in Astronomy will be delivered by Dr. John E. Carlstrom, Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Professor of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Physics at the University of Chicago, and deputy director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. Prof. Carlstrom's lecture, "What Scientists Know About The Big Bang," will be at 7:00pm on March 4th in Lincoln Hall Theater at the University of Illinois. This event is free and open to the public.
Our understanding of the origin, evolution and make-up of the Universe has undergone dramatic and surprising advances over the last decades. Much of the progress has been driven by measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation, the fossil light from the Big Bang, that provides a glimpse of the Universe as it was 14 billion years ago. This talk will discuss what we know about the Big Bang and how we learned it, in particular from measurements taken with telescopes at the South Pole. We will also talk about the new questions we are asking about the origin of theuniverse and the experiments being pursued to answer them..
John Carlstrom studies the origin and evolution of the universe. His quest to make detailed measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation - the 14-billion-year-old light from the Big Bang - has driven him to work at the coldest and driest desert on the planet, the high Antarctic plateau,where he is currently leading the 10-meter South Pole Telescope project at the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station.
Dr. Carlstrom is the Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Professor of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Physics at the University of Chicago, and deputy director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, he received his Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley in 1988, and has since received several awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998.
Photo Credits: South Pole Telescope Collaboration (Background); Chris Kendall (Portrait)
Past Iben Lectures
- Fall 2012: "The Galactic Center: Unveiling the Heart of our Galaxy," Andrea Ghez, University of California, Los Angeles
- Fall 2010: "Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe," Tony Tyson, University of California, Davis
- Spring 2009: "Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe", Alex Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley
- Fall 2008: "The World According to the Hubble Space Telescope", Mario Livio, STScI
- Spring 2006: "The Mars Exploration Rover Mission", Steven W. Squyres, Cornell University
- Fall 2004: "Massive Black Holes, or Gravity Strikes Back", Reinhard Genzel, Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics & University of California, Berkeley
- Fall 2003: "Cosmic Collisions: How Astronomers are Saving the World", David Morrison, NASA Ames Research Center
- Fall 2002: "The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence", William J. Welch, University of California, Berkeley
- Spring 2002: "Large Optical Telescopes: The Next Generation", W.L.W. Sargent, California Institute of Technology
- Fall 2000: "Are We Alone?", Steven Beckwith, Space Telescope Science Institute
- Fall 1999: "The Universe: Big, Old, Accelerating?", Robert P. Kirshner, Harvard University
- fall 1997: "Binary Pulsars and Einstein's Gravity", Joseph H. Taylor, Princeton University