Current & Future Outreach Events
DateEvent
March 28, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Sam Passaglia, "Science and Star Trek"
April 8, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
KICP Event
Film Screening and Discussion: "Hidden Figures"
April 13, 2017 @ 11:30 AM
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Marco Raveri, "Cosmic acceleration"
April 17, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
KICP Talk
Cafe Scientifique: Abby Vieregg, "Turning a Continent into a Telescope"
April 18, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Maya Fi​shbach, "Gravitational Wave Astrophysics"
April 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Ian Wisher, "Hunting for Cosmic Rays"
April 25, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Mickey McDonald, "A brief history of (the measurement of) time"
April 27, 2017 @ 11:30 AM
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Stephanie Baumgart, "Seeing by hearing: echolocation across the animal kingdom"
May 4, 2017 @ 11:30 AM
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Katie Mika, "Where did pregnancy come from?"
May 11, 2017 @ 11:30 AM
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Katherine Silliman, "Beyond Global Warming: Human Impacts on the World's Oceans"
May 16, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Jason Henning, "Studying the Beginning of the Universe from the End of the Earth"
May 18, 2017 @ 11:30 AM
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Chris Tunnell, "Trying to catch Dark Matter"
June 20, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Ian Wisher, "Hunting for Cosmic Rays"

Past Outreach Events
DateEvent
March 24, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
KICP 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
KICP 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
KICP 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 10, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
Talk
Society of Women in Physics: Dr. Kawtar Hafidi, "A Personal Odyssey: From Africa to America"
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
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Erik Shirokoff, "Science at the South Pole"
February 28, 2017 @ 5:30 PM
KICP Talk
Daniel Holz, "Gravitational Waves"
February 26, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Maya Fishbach
February 25, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Ross Cawthon - "Cosmology, Dark Energy"
February 21, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Cosmin Deaconu, "A Radio on a High-Altitude Balloon in Antarctica"
February 16, 2017 @ 9:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Akash Dixit
February 16, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Cameron Liang - "Galaxy Formation & Evolution"
February 11, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Gourav Khullar
February 9, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
KICP Lecture
C2ST Public Lecture: Edward W. Kolb, "From Quarks to the Cosmos"
February 9, 2017 @ 12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Dan Fabrycky - "Exoplanets"
February 5, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
February 3, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Nadejda Marounina, Chris Tunnell, and Chihway Chang - "Cosmology, Weak Lensing"
February 2, 2017 @ 12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
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
KICP 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
KICP Life Long Learning Series
Nan Li, "Gravitational Lensing - Einstein's Legacy"
January 6, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation
Sean Mills - "Exoplanets"

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

Nan Li, "Gravitational Lensing - Einstein's Legacy"
January 6, 2017 | Montgomery Place | 6:00 PM
KICP 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rick Kessler - "Astrophysics, Dark Energy"
February 2, 2017 | Adler Planetarium | 12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation

Nadejda Marounina, Chris Tunnell, and Chihway Chang - "Cosmology, Weak Lensing"
February 3, 2017 | Adler Planetarium | 6:30 PM
Astronomy Conversation

Stephen Hoover - "Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background"
February 5, 2017 | Adler Planetarium | 1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation

Dan Fabrycky - "Exoplanets"
February 9, 2017 | Adler Planetarium | 12:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation

C2ST Public Lecture: Edward W. Kolb, "From Quarks to the Cosmos"
February 9, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Chicago | 6:00 PM
Website
KICP Lecture
QM2017 Public Lecture in collaboration with C2ST

For the first second of time, long before the emergence of planets, stars, or galaxies, our universe was a hot primordial soup of "elementary" particles like quarks. Encoded in this formless, shapeless quark soup were the imprints of events from an even earlier epoch---the very beginning of the universe. Over the last 12 billion years, the primordial soup has cooled and condensed into the rich cosmic structure we see around us in the universe today. We can learn the nature of the primordial soup by studying relics from the early universe, and we can uncover the ingredients of the soup by cooking up a little bit of it in the laboratory.

Edward W. Kolb
Edward W. Kolb (known to most as Rocky ) is the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the College and Dean of the Physical Sciences at the University of Chicago, as well as a member of the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. In 1983 he was a founding head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group and in 2004 the founding Director of the Particle Astrophysics Center at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois.

Kolb is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was the recipient of the 2003 Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers for notable contributions to the teaching of physics, the 1993 Quantrell Prize for teaching excellence at the University of Chicago, and the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graham School of the University of Chicago. His book for the general public, Blind Watchers of the Sky, received the 1996 Emme Award of the American Aeronautical Society.

The field of Rocky's research is the application of elementary-particle physics to the very early Universe. In addition to over 200 scientific papers, he is a co-author of The Early Universe, the standard textbook on particle physics and cosmology.

Kolb's research was recognized by the 2010 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, awarded by the American Astronomical Society and the American Institute for Physics. He holds an honorary degree, Doctor Honoris Causa, from the University of Lyon, France, and was the recipient of the J. Hans D. Jensen Prize of the University of Heidelberg.

He has traveled the world, if not yet the Universe, giving scientific and public lectures. Rocky has been a Harlow Shapley Visiting Lecturer with the American Astronomical Society since 1984. In recent years he has been selected by the American Physical Society and the International Conference on High-Energy Physics to present public lectures in conjunction with international physics meetings. Rocky presented a special public lecture in Salonika Greece as part of the cultural celebration of that city, and he was selected to address the president of Pakistan as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the country. He has been the Oppenheimer lecturer in Los Alamos, and in Athens (Ohio) and Troy (New York) he presented the Graselli Lecture and the Resnick Lecture. He has also presented public lectures at the Royal Society of London, as well as Vienna, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Valencia, Victoria, Montreal, Bonn, Heidelberg, Munich, Karlsruhe, Rome, Toronto, Copenhagen, Turin, Madrid, Bejing, Uppsala, Hamilton, and Vancouver.

Rocky has appeared in several television productions, most recently interviewing Stephen Hawking for the Discovery Channel. He can also be seen in the IMAX film The Cosmic Voyage.

Dr. Kolb's lecture is a geared toward the public, and is a part of Quark Matter 2017, the XXVI international conference on ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions. The conference brings together theoretical and experimental physicists from around the world to discuss new developments in high energy heavy ion physics.

Gourav Khullar
February 11, 2017 | Adler Planetarium | 1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation

Cameron Liang - "Galaxy Formation & Evolution"
February 16, 2017 | Adler Planetarium | 6:30 PM
Astronomy Conversation

Akash Dixit
February 16, 2017 | Adler Planetarium | 9:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation

Cosmin Deaconu, "A Radio on a High-Altitude Balloon in Antarctica"
February 21, 2017 | Harbor Point | 6:30 PM
KICP 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.

Ross Cawthon - "Cosmology, Dark Energy"
February 25, 2017 | Adler Planetarium | 1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation

Maya Fishbach
February 26, 2017 | Adler Planetarium | 1:00 PM
Astronomy Conversation

Daniel Holz, "Gravitational Waves"
February 28, 2017 | BSLC 109 | 5:30 PM
KICP 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.

Erik Shirokoff, "Science at the South Pole"
February 28, 2017 | Sulzer Regional Library | 6:00 PM
KICP 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.

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

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

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

Society of Women in Physics: Dr. Kawtar Hafidi, "A Personal Odyssey: From Africa to America"
March 10, 2017 | ERC 576 | 3:00 PM
Talk
Dr. Hafidi will present on her history and career in order to open up discussion about the experiences of women and underrepresented minorities in physics and science. An informal reception and discussion will follow.

Dr. Kawtar Hafidi is the Director of the Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory. She is an experimental nuclear physicist who has received numerous awards recognizing her effective advocacy for increased diversity. Previously, she has led Argonne's Women in Science and Technology program and was chair of the American Physical Society's Committee on the Status of Women in Physics.

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

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

Andrew Long, "Demystifying Dark Matter"
March 14, 2017 | 10:30 AM
KICP 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.

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

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

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

Mickey McDonald, "A brief history of (the measurement of) time"
March 17, 2017 | Montgomery Place | 6:00 PM
KICP 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.

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

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

Megan Bed​ell, "​Exoplanets: Worlds Around Other Stars"
March 24, 2017 | Montgomery Place | 6:00 PM
KICP 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.

Sam Passaglia, "Science and Star Trek"
March 28, 2017 | Sulzer Regional Library | 6:00 PM
KICP 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.

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

$5 admission at the door. Open to the public

Marco Raveri, "Cosmic acceleration"
April 13, 2017 | Renaissance Court | 11:30 AM
KICP 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?

Cafe Scientifique: Abby Vieregg, "Turning a Continent into a Telescope"
April 17, 2017 | The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne | 7:00 PM
KICP 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.

Free, Limited to first 50 Attendees
Location: The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne
Cafe Email list

Maya Fi​shbach, "Gravitational Wave Astrophysics"
April 18, 2017 | Harbor Point | 6:30 PM
KICP 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.

Ian Wisher, "Hunting for Cosmic Rays"
April 20, 2017 | Renaissance Court | 11:30 AM
KICP 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.

Mickey McDonald, "A brief history of (the measurement of) time"
April 25, 2017 | Sulzer Regional Library | 6:00 PM
KICP 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.

Stephanie Baumgart, "Seeing by hearing: echolocation across the animal kingdom"
April 27, 2017 | Renaissance Court | 11:30 AM
KICP 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.

Katie Mika, "Where did pregnancy come from?"
May 4, 2017 | Renaissance Court | 11:30 AM
KICP 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.

Katherine Silliman, "Beyond Global Warming: Human Impacts on the World's Oceans"
May 11, 2017 | Renaissance Court | 11:30 AM
KICP 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.

Jason Henning, "Studying the Beginning of the Universe from the End of the Earth"
May 16, 2017 | Harbor Point | 6:30 PM
KICP 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.

Chris Tunnell, "Trying to catch Dark Matter"
May 18, 2017 | Renaissance Court | 11:30 AM
KICP 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!

Ian Wisher, "Hunting for Cosmic Rays"
June 20, 2017 | Harbor Point | 6:30 PM
KICP 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.