EO&D Events
EO&D Events
  • Workshops, Yerkes Institutes, Cosmology Courses, etc. organized by EO&D team.
  • Astronomy Conversation - informal presentations for the public at the Adler planetarium organized by EO&D team and given by researches who provide first hand accounts of their work.
  • Life Long Learning Series - lectures organized by EO&D team to older adults throughout Chicago to bring basic and cutting-edge content in astrophysics to interested older adults at city senior centers, retirement homes, and public libraries.

Current & Future Events

Past Events
DateEvents
September 21, 2017
9:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Akash Dixit - "Cosmology, AstroParticle, Dark Matter"
September 21, 2017
7:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Sebastian Bocquet - "Cosmology, Galaxy Clusters"
September 16, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Leslie Rogers - "Exoplanets"
September 10, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Daniel Dutcher - "Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope"
September 9, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Amy Lowitz
September 7, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
September 3, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
September 2, 2017
2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Yuanyuan Zhang - "KICP Astronomy and Cosmology"
September 1, 2017
2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Dan Fabrycky - "Exoplanets"
September 1, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Ben Montet - "Exoplanets/Stellar astrophysics"
August 31, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
August 26, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Chihway Chang - "Cosmology, Weak Lensing"
August 19, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Amy Lowitz
August 17, 2017
8:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Faustin Carter - "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope"
August 13, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing"
August 10, 2017
2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Dan Fabrycky - "Exoplanets"
August 9, 2017
2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Maya Fishbach
August 7, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Leslie Rogers - "Exoplanets"
August 7 - 11, 2017
Summer School
Summer School: CMB Detectors and Instrumentation
August 6, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
August 5, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Amy Bender - "Cosmology, South Pole Telescope, Galaxy Clusters"; Yuanyuan Zhang - "Astronomy and Cosmology"
August 2, 2017
7:00 PM
Event
Midweek on the Midway: Escape from planet Earth
August 1, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Ben Montet - "Exoplanets / Stellar astrophysics"
July 30, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Daniel Dutcher - "Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope"
July 30 - August 5, 2017
Yerkes Institute
The Physics of Toys, Yerkes Summer Institute
July 29, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Chihway Chang - "Cosmology, Weak Lensing", Nahee Park - "High Energy Astrophysics"
July 22, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays"
July 20, 2017
7:30 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Yuanyuan Zhang - "Astronomy and Cosmology"; Akash Dixit - "Cosmology, AstroParticle, Dark Matter"; Cosmin Deaconu - "Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos, Dark Matter"
July 20, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Chris Tunnell
July 16, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Stephen Hoover, "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
July 15, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Amy Bender, "Cosmology, South Pole Telescope, Galaxy Clusters"
July 14, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Ben Montet, "Exoplanets/Stellar astrophysics"
July 8, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Leslie Rogers, "Exoplanets", Faustin Carter, "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope"
July 6, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Rick Kessler, "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
July 5, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Dan Fabrycky, "Exoplanets"
July 3, 2017
2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Nan Li, "Gravitational Lensing"
June 24, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Andrea Bryant
June 20, 2017
7:00 PM
Talk
Michael Turner, "The origin of our universe: what we know for sure and the big mysteries"
June 20, 2017
6:30 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Ian Wisher, "Hunting for Cosmic Rays"
June 18, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
June 15, 2017
8:30 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Faustin Carter - "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope"
June 12, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Taylor Hoyt
June 11, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Nicole Larsen - "Physics, Dark Matter and CMB telescope"
June 10, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Amy Bender - "Cosmology, South Pole Telescope, Galaxy Clusters", Ross Cawthon - "Cosmology, Dark Energy"
June 8, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
June 5, 2017
2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
James Lasker
June 5, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Nora Shipp
June 4, 2017
Astronomy Conversation
Daniel Dutcher - "Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope"
June 3, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Jason Henning - "CMB Polarization, Instrumentation "
May 26, 2017
2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Maya Fishbach
May 26, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Jason Henning - "CMB Polarization, Instrumentation"
May 23, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Cameron Liang - "Galaxy Formation & Evolution"
May 21, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Zhen Hou - "Cosmic Microwave Background"
May 20, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Taylor Hoyt, Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays"
May 18, 2017
7:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Cosmin Deaconu - "Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos, Dark Matter", Ben Farr, Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing", Nadejda Marounina, Akash Dixit - "Cosmology, AstroParticle, Dark Matter"
May 18, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
May 18, 2017
11:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Chris Tunnell, "Trying to catch Dark Matter"
May 16, 2017
6:30 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Jason Henning, "Studying the Beginning of the Universe from the End of the Earth"
May 14, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Remy Prechelt - "Cosmic Rays", Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
May 11, 2017
11:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Katherine Silliman, "Beyond Global Warming: Human Impacts on the World's Oceans"
May 7, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Gourav Khullar - "Galaxy Clusters, Gravitational Lensing, SPT, DES"
May 6, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Daniel Dutcher - "Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope", Amy Bender - "Cosmology, South Pole Telescope, Galaxy Clusters"
May 5, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Sean Mills - "Exoplanets"
May 4, 2017
11:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Katie Mika, "Where did pregnancy come from?"
May 1, 2017
Workshop
French-American Science Festival 2017
April 27, 2017
11:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Stephanie Baumgart, "Seeing by hearing: echolocation across the animal kingdom"
April 25, 2017
6:00 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Mickey McDonald, "A brief history of (the measurement of) time"
April 23, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
April 22, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays", "Amy Bender - Cosmology, South Pole Telescope, Galaxy Clusters"
April 20, 2017
7:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Cosmin Deaconu - "Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos, Dark Matter", Nadejda Marounina, Nicole Larsen - "Physics, Dark Matter and CMB telescope"
April 20, 2017
11:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Ian Wisher, "Hunting for Cosmic Rays"
April 18, 2017
6:30 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Maya Fi​shbach, "Gravitational Wave Astrophysics"
April 17, 2017
7:00 PM
Talk
Cafe Scientifique: Abby Vieregg, "Turning a Continent into a Telescope"
April 16, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Zhen Hou - "Cosmic Microwave Background "
April 15, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Chihway Chang - "Cosmology, Weak Lensing"
April 13, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
April 13, 2017
11:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Marco Raveri, "Cosmic acceleration"
April 12, 2017
7:00 PM
Talk
Astronomy on Tap: Zoheyr Doctor, "100 Years in the Making: The Detection of Gravitational Waves"
April 10, 2017
4:00 PM
Talk
Broader Horizons: Nicole Fields, a health physicist at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
April 9, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Gourav Khullar - "Galaxy Clusters, Gravitational Lensing, SPT, DES"
April 8, 2017
7:00 PM
Event
Film Screening and Discussion: "Hidden Figures"
April 8, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Jason Henning - "CMB Polarization, Instrumentation", Daniel Dutcher - "Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope"
April 3, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Amy Tang
April 2, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Ross Cawthon - "Cosmology, Dark Energy"
March 28, 2017
6:00 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Sam Passaglia, "Science and Star Trek"
March 24, 2017
6:00 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Megan Bed​ell, "​Exoplanets: Worlds Around Other Stars"
March 19, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background
March 18, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Andrea Bryant
March 17, 2017
6:00 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Mickey McDonald, "A brief history of (the measurement of) time"
March 16, 2017
8:30 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Akash Dixit - "Cosmology, AstroParticle, Dark Matter"
March 16, 2017
7:30 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Chris Tunnell, Nadejda Marounina
March 14, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Dan Fabrycky - "Exoplanets"
March 14, 2017
10:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Andrew Long, "Demystifying Dark Matter"
March 12, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Nicole Larsen - "Physics, Dark Matter and CMB telescope"
March 11, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Chihway Chang - "Cosmology, Weak Lensing"
March 9, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
March 4, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Maya Fishbach
March 3, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
James Lasker
February 28, 2017
6:00 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Erik Shirokoff, "Science at the South Pole"
February 28, 2017
5:30 PM
Talk
Daniel Holz, "Gravitational Waves"
February 21, 2017
6:30 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Cosmin Deaconu, "A Radio on a High-Altitude Balloon in Antarctica"
January 28, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Nahee Park - "High Energy Astrophysics"
January 21, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays", Chihway Chang - "Cosmology, Weak Lensing"
January 19, 2017
7:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Cosmin Deaconu - "Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos, Dark Matter"
January 17, 2017
10:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Stephan Meyer, "Relativity"
January 15, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Maya Fishbach
January 14, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing"
January 13, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Dan Fabrycky - "Exoplanets"
January 12, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Adam Miller
January 10, 2017
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
January 8, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background", Andrea Bryant
January 7, 2017
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Gourav Khullar
January 6, 2017
6:00 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Nan Li, "Gravitational Lensing - Einstein's Legacy"
January 6, 2017
2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Sean Mills - "Exoplanets"
December 27 - 29, 2016
Yerkes Institute
Up & Down, Yerkes Winter Institute
December 18, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
December 17, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays "
December 15, 2016
6:30 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Adam Miller, Faustin Carter - "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope"
December 15, 2016
11:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Cameron Liang, "Galaxies: A Tour through Our Universe"
December 13, 2016
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Taylor Hoyt
December 12, 2016
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Gourav Khullar
December 4, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Maya Fishbach, Sean Mills - "Exoplanets"
December 3, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Jason Henning - "CMB Polarization, Instrumentation", Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing"
December 1, 2016
11:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Leslie Rogers, "Exoplanets: The Diversity and Demographics of Distant Rocky Worlds"
December 1, 2016
11:00 AM
Astronomy Conversation
Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
November 27, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Sean Mills - "Exoplanets"
November 26, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing"
November 17, 2016
7:30 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Faustin Carter - "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope"
November 17, 2016
11:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Andrew Long, "Demystifying Dark Matter"
November 13, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background", Nicole Larsen - "Physics, Dark Matter and CMB telescope"
November 12, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Jason Henning - "CMB Polarization, Instrumentation", Ross Cawthon - "Cosmology, Dark Energy"
November 11, 2016
2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Maya Fishbach
November 5, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays "
November 3, 2016
11:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Zohyer Doctor, "100 Years in the Making: The Detection of Gravitational Waves"
November 1, 2016
2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Dan Fabrycky - "Exoplanets"
November 1, 2016
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
James Lasker
October 29, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Faustin Carter - "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope" and Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing"
October 29, 2016
10:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Sam Passaglia, "Physics of Star Trek"
October 27, 2016
11:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Camille Avestruz, "Structures in our Universe"
October 27, 2016
10:00 AM
Workshop
Life Long Learning Training Session
October 25, 2016
6:00 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Mike Gladders, "Gravitational Lensing"
October 22, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Daniel Dutcher - "Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope" and Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing"
October 22, 2016
10:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Faustin Carter, "The time machine at the South Pole"
October 20, 2016
7:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Cameron Liang, "Galaxy Formation & Evolution"
October 20, 2016
6:30 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Akash Dixit
October 16, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Gourav Khullar & Nora Shipp
October 15, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Cosmin Deaconu, "Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos, Dark Matter "
October 11, 2016
2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Ben Farr, "Gravitational Waves"
October 9, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Stephen Hoover, "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
October 8, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Maya Fishbach
October 7, 2016
2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Amy Tang
October 6, 2016
12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Rick Kessler, "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
October 2, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Nicole Larsen, "Dark Matter and CMB telescope"
October 1, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Sean Mills - "Exoplanets"
October 1, 2016
10:30 AM
Life Long Learning Series
Sav Sethi, "String Theory"
September 27, 2016
6:00 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Andrew Long, "Dark Matter"
September 25, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Amy Tang
September 24, 2016
1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Faustin Carter - "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope"
September 23, 2016
7:30 PM
Life Long Learning Series
Ben Farr, "Gravitational Waves"
September 23, 2016
6:30 PM
Event
Screening & Discussion: STARMEN

Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays"
September 30, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Akash Dixit - "Cosmology, AstroParticle, Dark Matter"
September 21, 2017 | 9:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Sebastian Bocquet - "Cosmology, Galaxy Clusters"
September 21, 2017 | 7:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Leslie Rogers - "Exoplanets"
September 16, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Daniel Dutcher - "Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope"
September 10, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Amy Lowitz
September 9, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
September 7, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
September 3, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Yuanyuan Zhang - "KICP Astronomy and Cosmology"
September 2, 2017 | 2:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Dan Fabrycky - "Exoplanets"
September 1, 2017 | 2:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Ben Montet - "Exoplanets/Stellar astrophysics"
September 1, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
August 31, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Chihway Chang - "Cosmology, Weak Lensing"
August 26, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Amy Lowitz
August 19, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Faustin Carter - "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope"
August 17, 2017 | 8:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing"
August 13, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Dan Fabrycky - "Exoplanets"
August 10, 2017 | 2:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Maya Fishbach
August 9, 2017 | 2:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Leslie Rogers - "Exoplanets"
August 7, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Summer School: CMB Detectors and Instrumentation
August 7 - 11, 2017 | Chicago, IL | Summer School
Summer School
Webpage

This 1-week "hands-on" summer school is designed to provide the participants with working knowledge of the detectors and instrumentation used to detect the tiny temperature and polarization anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Early graduate students interested in pursuing a PhD in experimental CMB research methods are particularly encouraged to apply. A feature of the school is hands-on activities to teach students the basics of CMB instrumentation. We expect to have room for approximately 15 students.

Topics will include: superconducting detectors, e.g., transition-edge-sensor (TES) bolometers, kinetic-inductance-detectors (KIDs); detector characterization (responsivity, beams, bands, time constants, polarization calibration); coherent techniques for characterizing mm-wave components; SQUIDs and detector readout; antenna design; and Fourier transform spectroscopy.

The School will be held at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago in the William Eckhardt Research Center (ERC).Learn more >>

Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
August 6, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Amy Bender - "Cosmology, South Pole Telescope, Galaxy Clusters"; Yuanyuan Zhang - "Astronomy and Cosmology"
August 5, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Midweek on the Midway: Escape from planet Earth
August 2, 2017 | 7:00 PM | Midway Plaisance Center, 1130 E Midway Plaisance | Event
Event
Compare the movie's hero astronaut, Scorch Supernova, to critters walking our planet. See yourself as a South Pole explorer in our selfie booth. Pre-movie fun provided by UChicago's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, and Boy Scout Troop 599.

Flyer

Ben Montet - "Exoplanets / Stellar astrophysics"
August 1, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Daniel Dutcher - "Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope"
July 30, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

The Physics of Toys, Yerkes Summer Institute
July 30 - August 5, 2017 | Yerkes Institute
Yerkes Institute
Instructors: Huanqing Chen, Zoheyr Doctor, Clarke Esmerian, Emily Gilbert, Jason Henning, Gourav Khullar, Randy Landsberg, James Lasker, Phil Mansfield, Nora Shipp.

Over the course of a week, local Chicago high school students will learn about how the physics of energy conservation makes various everyday toys possible, and how using a structured engineering design process can allow them to understand the inner workings of things around them. In the three main labs, students will learn about pressure potential energy by reverse engineer super soakers and testing manufacturer claims about bottle rockets, they will learn about elastic potential energy by building and racing wind up cars, and they will learn about gravitational potential energy as they compete to build room-sized Rube Goldberg machines. The Institute will also contain various bite-sized activities, ranging from observing nebulae with the Yerkes 24-inch telescope, to learning defense techniques against deceptive infographics, to investigating the mysterious physics of the household microwave.

Chihway Chang - "Cosmology, Weak Lensing", Nahee Park - "High Energy Astrophysics"
July 29, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays"
July 22, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Yuanyuan Zhang - "Astronomy and Cosmology"; Akash Dixit - "Cosmology, AstroParticle, Dark Matter"; Cosmin Deaconu - "Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos, Dark Matter"
July 20, 2017 | 7:30 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Chris Tunnell
July 20, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Stephen Hoover, "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
July 16, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Amy Bender, "Cosmology, South Pole Telescope, Galaxy Clusters"
July 15, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Ben Montet, "Exoplanets/Stellar astrophysics"
July 14, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Leslie Rogers, "Exoplanets", Faustin Carter, "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope"
July 8, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Rick Kessler, "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
July 6, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Dan Fabrycky, "Exoplanets"
July 5, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Nan Li, "Gravitational Lensing"
July 3, 2017 | 2:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Andrea Bryant
June 24, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Michael Turner, "The origin of our universe: what we know for sure and the big mysteries"
June 20, 2017 | 7:00 PM | Central Synagogue of Chicago, 122 S. Michigan Ave | Talk
Talk
​Speaker: Michael S. Turner
Professor, Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics; Enrico Fermi Institute; University of Chicago

We can trace the evolution of our Universe back 13.8 Billion years, to within a microsecond of a big bang beginning. At that early time, all that we see today existed as a hot, slightly lumpy quark soup. We are trying to answer even bigger questions today, e.g., the nature of the dark matter and dark energy that steer the evolution of the Universe, and extend our understanding even further back, even addressing what happened before the big bang.

Ian Wisher, "Hunting for Cosmic Rays"
June 20, 2017 | 6:30 PM | Harbor Point | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Cosmic rays are very highly energetic particles coming from space. Though their existence has been known for longer than a century their origin and how they are accelerated to such extreme energies is still not understood. This talk will focus on the history of their study and how modern experiments like HAWC and HELIX plan to solve this 100-year-old mystery.

Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
June 18, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Faustin Carter - "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope"
June 15, 2017 | 8:30 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Taylor Hoyt
June 12, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Nicole Larsen - "Physics, Dark Matter and CMB telescope"
June 11, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Amy Bender - "Cosmology, South Pole Telescope, Galaxy Clusters", Ross Cawthon - "Cosmology, Dark Energy"
June 10, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
June 8, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

James Lasker
June 5, 2017 | 2:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Nora Shipp
June 5, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Daniel Dutcher - "Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope"
June 4, 2017 | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Jason Henning - "CMB Polarization, Instrumentation "
June 3, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Maya Fishbach
May 26, 2017 | 2:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Jason Henning - "CMB Polarization, Instrumentation"
May 26, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Cameron Liang - "Galaxy Formation & Evolution"
May 23, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Zhen Hou - "Cosmic Microwave Background"
May 21, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Taylor Hoyt, Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays"
May 20, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Cosmin Deaconu - "Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos, Dark Matter", Ben Farr, Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing", Nadejda Marounina, Akash Dixit - "Cosmology, AstroParticle, Dark Matter"
May 18, 2017 | 7:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
May 18, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Chris Tunnell, "Trying to catch Dark Matter"
May 18, 2017 | 11:30 AM | Renaissance Court | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
One of the big discoveries in modern astronomy is that Dark Matter is everywhere. Nearly everything about why the Universe is the way that it is requires Dark Matter as a key component. However, one of the deeply frustrating things for an experimental astroparticle physicist like myself is that we know very little about its properties because we cannot measure it in a lab. I'll discuss what my colleagues and I have been doing to try to shed some light on our understanding of Dark Matter. This revolves around underground detectors that we are building in Italy to try to actually detect the Dark Matter that is all around us. I'll also discuss some other related efforts at CERN in Geneva, nickel mines in Canada, and more. Lastly, I also hope to share some about what it's like to actually work at these places because sometimes the work environments are almost as interesting as the science itself!

Jason Henning, "Studying the Beginning of the Universe from the End of the Earth"
May 16, 2017 | 6:30 PM | Harbor Point | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
We are awash in the afterglow light of the Big Bang, a period of extreme temperatures and densities in the early moments of the universe. This light, known today as the Cosmic Microwave Background, can be studied to learn about the early universe, its contents, and how it has evolved over time. To best observe this afterglow light, scientists travel to the Earthís geographic south pole in central Antarctica where several telescopes have been constructed for just this purpose. In this talk, Iíll describe in more detail what the Cosmic Microwave Background is, how scientists use it to learn about the universe, and what itís like to travel, work, and live at the South Pole.

Remy Prechelt - "Cosmic Rays", Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
May 14, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Katherine Silliman, "Beyond Global Warming: Human Impacts on the World's Oceans"
May 11, 2017 | 11:30 AM | Renaissance Court | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
The ocean absorbs approximately 30% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, which leads to seawater becoming more acidic. This process, called ocean acidification, has a negative effect on several marine species including corals and shellfish. My research focuses on understanding how oysters will respond to increasing ocean acidification levels.

Gourav Khullar - "Galaxy Clusters, Gravitational Lensing, SPT, DES"
May 7, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Daniel Dutcher - "Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope", Amy Bender - "Cosmology, South Pole Telescope, Galaxy Clusters"
May 6, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Sean Mills - "Exoplanets"
May 5, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Katie Mika, "Where did pregnancy come from?"
May 4, 2017 | 11:30 AM | Renaissance Court | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Pregnancy in mammals is different than other animals. The many changes a mother undergoes is controlled by the hormone progesterone. Within pregnancy tissues, progesterone turns on thousands of genes. Every gene has an on/off switch and a dial that affects how strongly the gene is on (like a light dimmer). Perhaps within pregnancy tissues, fast changes to these "dimmers" in the past contributed to their response to progesterone and the evolution of mammalian pregnancy.

French-American Science Festival 2017
May 1, 2017 | Chicago, IL | Workshop
Workshop
Cosmin Deaconu, Postdoctoral Researcher - Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago
Eric Oberla, Postdoctoral Researcher - Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago
Sam Passaglia, Graduate Student - Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago focuses on understanding the nature of the universe. Scientists at the University of Chicago use many different methods to learn about our universe. Come take a look at our cosmic ray detector, which can sense particles from outer space. Learn how we discover planets around other suns and about cosmology and particle astrophysics research performed by KICP in Antarctica, and the expansion of the universe. Feel free to ask us any questions you might have about the universe.

Stephanie Baumgart, "Seeing by hearing: echolocation across the animal kingdom"
April 27, 2017 | 11:30 AM | Renaissance Court | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Echolocation is the ability of animals to sense their environment by emitting sounds and hearing the echoes, but not all animals echolocate in the same way. I will compare and contrast the techniques of echolocation in different animals: bats, whales, birds... even humans.

Mickey McDonald, "A brief history of (the measurement of) time"
April 25, 2017 | 6:00 PM | Sulzer Regional Library | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Over the past few millennia, our understanding of time and the techniques we use to measure it have evolved dramatically. A case in point: the best clocks in existence are so precise that they will neither lose nor gain 1 second over the course of ~15 billion years (longer than the current age of the universe), and efforts are underway to push that precision even higher. But what do we gain by building ever-more-accurate clocks? In this talk I will highlight some of the history of how our ability to measure time has evolved, how our understanding of time changed with the advent of relativity, and how current efforts to measure time to higher and higher precision are shedding light on questions ranging from geophysics to cosmology.

Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
April 23, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays", "Amy Bender - Cosmology, South Pole Telescope, Galaxy Clusters"
April 22, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Cosmin Deaconu - "Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos, Dark Matter", Nadejda Marounina, Nicole Larsen - "Physics, Dark Matter and CMB telescope"
April 20, 2017 | 7:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Ian Wisher, "Hunting for Cosmic Rays"
April 20, 2017 | 11:30 AM | Renaissance Court | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Cosmic rays are very highly energetic particles coming from space. Though their existence has been known for longer than a century their origin and how they are accelerated to such extreme energies is still not understood. This talk will focus on the history of their study and how modern experiments like HAWC and HELIX plan to solve this 100-year-old mystery.

Maya Fi​shbach, "Gravitational Wave Astrophysics"
April 18, 2017 | 6:30 PM | Harbor Point | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
In this talk, I will explain what gravitational waves are, how we detect them, and what they tell us about the universe. Starting with the theory of gravity, I will discuss how Einstein revolutionized our understanding of gravity as "curved spacetime." Einstein's description of gravity leads to fascinating physical phenomena, including black holes and gravitational waves. I will explain what causes gravitational waves, and how we were able to detect them for the first time last year with the LIGO detectors. Finally, I will discuss what we hope to learn from these gravitational waves, and what surprising facts about the universe we might discover along the way.

Cafe Scientifique: Abby Vieregg, "Turning a Continent into a Telescope"
April 17, 2017 | 7:00 PM | The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne | Talk
Talk
Searching for the highest energy particles in the universe requires an extremely large detector, because they are very rare and elusive. Our hunt for these particles takes us to the bottom of the world - Antarctica - where we can use the entire 14 million square kilometer Antarctic ice sheet as a detector. The particles we are looking for are ultra high energy neutrinos that come from astrophysical sources which are the most powerful accelerators in the universe. At the cafe we will discuss why we search for these high energy neutrinos, how we do it, what we know now, and what we hope to learn in the coming years.

Zhen Hou - "Cosmic Microwave Background "
April 16, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Chihway Chang - "Cosmology, Weak Lensing"
April 15, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
April 13, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Marco Raveri, "Cosmic acceleration"
April 13, 2017 | 11:30 AM | Renaissance Court | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Marco Raveri, Postdoc, KICP Assoc fellow
Marco moved to Chicago in 2016 from Trieste, Italy. He enjoys thinking about gravity and cosmic acceleration, which are two of the biggest mysteries in science today. But in his free time, he likes rock climbing at the climbing wall in Millenium Park.

I will describe the history of cosmic acceleration, one of the biggest outstanding mysteries in astronomy today. We will discuss: What is it? What observation have been made up till now that provide evidence for it? How can future observations reveal its nature?

Astronomy on Tap: Zoheyr Doctor, "100 Years in the Making: The Detection of Gravitational Waves"
April 12, 2017 | 7:00 PM | The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne | Talk
Talk
Webpage

Join us for a Yuri's Night edition of Chicago Astronomy on Tap hosted by Univ. of Chicago at The Map Room! Yuri's Night celebrates the launch anniversary of the first person in space, Yuri Gagarin. Come hear about the history of human spaceflight, research into the ripples of the fabric of spacetime, and updates on the upcoming March For Science. Compete in astronomy trivia to win awesome astronomy prizes, enjoy the 25+ beers on tap at The Map Room, and enjoy an evening with some awesome alcohol-inclined astronomers!

This month's talk
100 Years in the Making: The Detection of Gravitational Waves - Zoheyr Doctor

Almost two years ago, a ripple in the fabric of space-time, originating from two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, was detected by an international team of scientists. Hear the story of how scientists made this groundbreaking discovery, and about the mind-boggling phenomena physicists and astronomers hope to understand in the coming years.Learn more >>

Broader Horizons: Nicole Fields, a health physicist at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
April 10, 2017 | 4:00 PM | ERC 445 | Talk
Nicole Fields
Talk
"From Grad School to Government": UC graduate Nicole Fields will discuss her career as a health physicist and how she got there since gaining her PhD.

Gourav Khullar - "Galaxy Clusters, Gravitational Lensing, SPT, DES"
April 9, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Film Screening and Discussion: "Hidden Figures"
April 8, 2017 | 7:00 PM | Event
Event
Webpage

Watch a screening of 'Hidden Figures' and join an expert panel of UChicago female physicists and astrophysicists who will explore the contributions of women of color in science and the current and historical challenges they experience. Panelists are Professor Young Kee Kim, Kavli Institute graduate student Andrea Bryant, and KICP Fellow Camille Avestruz.

'Hidden Figures'
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.Learn more >>

Jason Henning - "CMB Polarization, Instrumentation", Daniel Dutcher - "Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope"
April 8, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Amy Tang
April 3, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Ross Cawthon - "Cosmology, Dark Energy"
April 2, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Sam Passaglia, "Science and Star Trek"
March 28, 2017 | 6:00 PM | Sulzer Regional Library | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
"Science and Star Trek" focuses on the ways that media, such as television's Star Trek, can bridge the gap between scientists and the public by helping to align the goals of Science and Society.

Megan Bed​ell, "​Exoplanets: Worlds Around Other Stars"
March 24, 2017 | 6:00 PM | Montgomery Place | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
In the past 20 years, thousands of new planets have been found outside of the solar system. These "exoplanets" have revolutionized the way we think of our own home planet. I will talk about how astronomers find exoplanets and what they can tell us about planets and life throughout the universe.

Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background
March 19, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Andrea Bryant
March 18, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Mickey McDonald, "A brief history of (the measurement of) time"
March 17, 2017 | 6:00 PM | Montgomery Place | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Over the past few millennia, our understanding of time and the techniques we use to measure it have evolved dramatically. A case in point: the best clocks in existence are so precise that they will neither lose nor gain 1 second over the course of ~15 billion years (longer than the current age of the universe), and efforts are underway to push that precision even higher. But what do we gain by building ever-more-accurate clocks? In this talk I will highlight some of the history of how our ability to measure time has evolved, how our understanding of time changed with the advent of relativity, and how current efforts to measure time to higher and higher precision are shedding light on questions ranging from geophysics to cosmology.

Akash Dixit - "Cosmology, AstroParticle, Dark Matter"
March 16, 2017 | 8:30 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Chris Tunnell, Nadejda Marounina
March 16, 2017 | 7:30 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Dan Fabrycky - "Exoplanets"
March 14, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Andrew Long, "Demystifying Dark Matter"
March 14, 2017 | 10:30 AM | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
We look upward, and the cosmos greets us with scintillating constellations of stars and gossamer webs of galaxies. Yet the mysterious thread that ties them all together cannot be seen - the dark matter! In the talk, I will explain how the first evidence for dark matter emerged 50 years ago, and I will describe the ongoing efforts to detect the dark matter in laboratories across the world today.

Nicole Larsen - "Physics, Dark Matter and CMB telescope"
March 12, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Chihway Chang - "Cosmology, Weak Lensing"
March 11, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
March 9, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Maya Fishbach
March 4, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

James Lasker
March 3, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Erik Shirokoff, "Science at the South Pole"
February 28, 2017 | 6:00 PM | Sulzer Regional Library | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Antarctica is unique among all the places on our planet. Not only is it protected by international treaty and preserved for peaceful scientific research, but its extreme location makes it possible to conduct experiments there which couldn't be carried out anywhere else. I'll talk about the unique science that we can do there: observing the earliest moments of the history of the universe, searching for barely detectable particles generated in massive explosions millions of miles from Earth, and providing unique data for climate science. I'll also talk about what it's like to spend a year living at the South Pole, where temperatures regularly reach -100 degrees Fahrenheit and the sky is filled with the southern lights throughout the six month long night.

Daniel Holz, "Gravitational Waves"
February 28, 2017 | 5:30 PM | BSLC 109 | Talk
Talk
Join The Triple Helix for a discussion with Professor Daniel Holz, who worked on last year's gravitational waves discovery! Learn about what led to the discovery and what further progress has been made in the past year.

We will have copies of the newest edition of our Scientia journal available.

Cosmin Deaconu, "A Radio on a High-Altitude Balloon in Antarctica"
February 21, 2017 | 6:30 PM | Harbor Point | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
In early December, I helped launch a balloon named ANITA. ANITA flies 25 miles above Antarctica and carries with it an array of radio antennas, searching for rare and very-energetic particles from outside the galaxy interacting in the ice.

Nahee Park - "High Energy Astrophysics"
January 28, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays", Chihway Chang - "Cosmology, Weak Lensing"
January 21, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Cosmin Deaconu - "Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos, Dark Matter"
January 19, 2017 | 7:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Stephan Meyer, "Relativity"
January 17, 2017 | 10:30 AM | Chatham Satellite Center | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series

Maya Fishbach
January 15, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing"
January 14, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Dan Fabrycky - "Exoplanets"
January 13, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Adam Miller
January 12, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
January 10, 2017 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background", Andrea Bryant
January 8, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Gourav Khullar
January 7, 2017 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Nan Li, "Gravitational Lensing - Einstein's Legacy"
January 6, 2017 | 6:00 PM | Montgomery Place | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Gravitational lensing is one of the most important predictions from General Relativity. It is the phenomenon of light deflecting when photons pass through a gravitational potential. Astronomers apply gravitational lensing in astrophysics and cosmology to study a wide range of problems. I will present the history of gravitational lensing, from Einstein's proposal to recent applications, and the future of gravitational lensing in the big data era.

Sean Mills - "Exoplanets"
January 6, 2017 | 2:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Up & Down, Yerkes Winter Institute
December 27 - 29, 2016 | Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, WI | Yerkes Institute
Yerkes Institute
Photo Gallery
Instructors: Randy Landsberg, Phil Mansfield, Eric Oberla, and Erik Shirokoff.

The 2016 Yerkes Winter Institute (YWI) focused on the forces that lift objects up and what happens when they are pushed down. Twenty local high schoolers in the Space Explorers program participated in three labs led by Erik Shirokoff, Eric Oberla, Phil Mansfield, and Randy Landsberg, which focused on pressure and buoyancy. This year's activities included weighing a car using only an air pressure gauge and a sheet of paper, determining how many party balloons it would actually take to lift the house in the film Up! (or the ANITA experiment), and a camp-wide competition where students used Archimedes' Principle to design boats that could carry as many pennies as possible. The activities in this year's YWI will help prepare the Space Explorers for the launch of a high altitude balloon which they will be performing later in the year. Nighttime activities included observations with the 24-inch telescope, identifying constellation and interesting astrophysical objects that they contain, and a slide show of the recent launch of ANITA in Antarctica. Thirty-seven parents and siblings joined the last day of YWI for presentations and closing ceremony.

Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
December 18, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays "
December 17, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Adam Miller, Faustin Carter - "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope"
December 15, 2016 | 6:30 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Cameron Liang, "Galaxies: A Tour through Our Universe"
December 15, 2016 | 11:30 AM | Renaissance Court | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Organizers: Randy Landsberg, Erik Shirkoff, Daniel Scolnic & Andrew Long

Taylor Hoyt
December 13, 2016 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Gourav Khullar
December 12, 2016 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Maya Fishbach, Sean Mills - "Exoplanets"
December 4, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Jason Henning - "CMB Polarization, Instrumentation", Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing"
December 3, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Leslie Rogers, "Exoplanets: The Diversity and Demographics of Distant Rocky Worlds"
December 1, 2016 | 11:30 AM | Renaissance Court | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Organizers: Randy Landsberg, Erik Shirkoff, Daniel Scolnic & Andrew Long

Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
December 1, 2016 | 11:00 AM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Sean Mills - "Exoplanets"
November 27, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing"
November 26, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Faustin Carter - "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope"
November 17, 2016 | 7:30 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Andrew Long, "Demystifying Dark Matter"
November 17, 2016 | 11:30 AM | Renaissance Court | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Organizers: Randy Landsberg, Erik Shirkoff, Daniel Scolnic & Andrew Long

Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background", Nicole Larsen - "Physics, Dark Matter and CMB telescope"
November 13, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Jason Henning - "CMB Polarization, Instrumentation", Ross Cawthon - "Cosmology, Dark Energy"
November 12, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Maya Fishbach
November 11, 2016 | 2:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Abigail Vieregg - "CMB, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays "
November 5, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Zohyer Doctor, "100 Years in the Making: The Detection of Gravitational Waves"
November 3, 2016 | 11:30 AM | Renaissance Court | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Organizers: Randy Landsberg, Erik Shirkoff, Daniel Scolnic & Andrew Long

Dan Fabrycky - "Exoplanets"
November 1, 2016 | 2:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

James Lasker
November 1, 2016 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Faustin Carter - "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope" and Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing"
October 29, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Sam Passaglia, "Physics of Star Trek"
October 29, 2016 | 10:30 AM | Carter G. Woodson Regional Library | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Organizers: Randy Landsberg, Erik Shirkoff, Daniel Scolnic & Andrew Long

Camille Avestruz, "Structures in our Universe"
October 27, 2016 | 11:30 AM | Renaissance Court | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Organizers: Randy Landsberg, Erik Shirkoff, Daniel Scolnic & Andrew Long

Life Long Learning Training Session
October 27, 2016 | 10:00 AM | ERC 545 | Workshop
Workshop
In conjunction with the KICP Life Long Learning program, we are hosting a training session focused on working with older adults. Gerontologist Karen Kolb will conduct a workshop that will explore demographic trends, the physiology and psychology of aging, and practical considerations for presenting to older adults.

Mike Gladders, "Gravitational Lensing"
October 25, 2016 | 6:00 PM | Conrad Sulzer Regional Library | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Organizers: Randy Landsberg, Erik Shirkoff, Daniel Scolnic & Andrew Long

Daniel Dutcher - "Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope" and Nan Li - "Gravitational Lensing"
October 22, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Faustin Carter, "The time machine at the South Pole"
October 22, 2016 | 10:30 AM | Carter G. Woodson Regional Library | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Organizers: Randy Landsberg, Erik Shirkoff, Daniel Scolnic & Andrew Long

Cameron Liang, "Galaxy Formation & Evolution"
October 20, 2016 | 7:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Akash Dixit
October 20, 2016 | 6:30 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Gourav Khullar & Nora Shipp
October 16, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Cosmin Deaconu, "Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos, Dark Matter "
October 15, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Ben Farr, "Gravitational Waves"
October 11, 2016 | 2:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Stephen Hoover, "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
October 9, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Maya Fishbach
October 8, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Amy Tang
October 7, 2016 | 2:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Rick Kessler, "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
October 6, 2016 | 12:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Nicole Larsen, "Dark Matter and CMB telescope"
October 2, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Sean Mills - "Exoplanets"
October 1, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Sav Sethi, "String Theory"
October 1, 2016 | 10:30 AM | Carter G. Woodson Regional Library | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Organizers: Randy Landsberg, Erik Shirkoff, Daniel Scolnic & Andrew Long

Andrew Long, "Dark Matter"
September 27, 2016 | 6:00 PM | Conrad Sulzer Regional Library | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Organizers: Randy Landsberg, Erik Shirkoff, Daniel Scolnic & Andrew Long

Amy Tang
September 25, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Faustin Carter - "CMB, Detector fabrication, South Pole Telescope"
September 24, 2016 | 1:00 PM | Adler Planetarium | Astronomy Conversation
Astronomy Conversation

Ben Farr, "Gravitational Waves"
September 23, 2016 | 7:30 PM | Montgomery Place | Life Long Learning Series
Life Long Learning Series
Organizers: Randy Landsberg, Erik Shirkoff, Daniel Scolnic & Andrew Long

Screening & Discussion: STARMEN
September 23, 2016 | 6:30 PM | Doc Films/Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall | Event
Event
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The screening will included a conversation with Director Alison Rose,
Kavli Prize Laureate Donald Lynden-Bell,
KICP Director Michael Turner,
and KICP associate director John Carlstrom.

Sponsored by: The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) and The Kavli Foundation

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