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Nobel Prize in Physics winner to speak on “The Accelerating Universe”

February 18, 2015 | By Nick Alexopulos

Adam Reiss Loyola University Maryland Grand Seminar
Adam Reiss, Ph.D., is a professor at Johns Hopkins University. His research involves measurements of the cosmological framework with exploding stars and pulsating stars. (Photo by Brigid Hamilton, '06)

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Adam Riess, Ph.D., professor of astronomy and physics at Johns Hopkins University, for the 2015 Natural and Applied Sciences Grand Seminar Lecture on Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall.

Reiss, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011, will describe how his team discovered the acceleration of the universe and why understanding the nature of dark energy presents one of the greatest remaining challenges in astrophysics and cosmology.

“Through his aspirational curiosity and passion for the sciences and dedication to discovery, Dr. Reiss has answered some of the most important astrophysical questions of our time and identified new challenges to explore,” said Bahram Roughani, Ph.D., associate dean for natural and applied sciences at Loyola. “What he has accomplished—and, more importantly, how he accomplished it—will be an inspiration to our students, and his commitment to excellence in his field is something we deeply value as a Jesuit institution.”

In addition to his work at Johns Hopkins University, Riess is a senior member of the science staff at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md. His research involves measurements of the cosmological framework with supernovae (exploding stars) and Cepheids (pulsating stars).

In 1998, Dr. Riess led a study that provided the first direct and published evidence that the expansion of the universe was accelerating and filled with dark energy, part of what was called the “Breakthrough Discovery of the Year” by Science Magazine. He led the Hubble Telescope’s Higher-z Team beginning in 2002 to find 25 of the most distant supernovae known. His further study of those supernovae began characterizing the time-dependent nature of dark energy, which has been identified by NASA as the most important achievement of the Hubble Space Telescope to date.

His lecture, “The Accelerating Universe,” is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. Registration information and more details about this event are available on the Celebration of Science Week webpage.

Read more about Adam Reiss and the story behind his research in his recent interview with Loyola magazine.

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