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Distilled: Gravitational Waves
Start Date: 11/1/2017Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 11/1/2017End Time: 8:45 PM

Event Description
Willamette University’s new Distilled: Pub Talk series will kick off with a presentation from astrophysicist Rachel Dewey Thorsett, who will present “Distilled: Seeing the Dark with Gravitational Waves” at The Half Penny.
The talk follows the Oct. 3 announcement of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics, which was awarded to three researchers behind the detection of gravitational waves using LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.
“How do you ‘see’ the dark?” asks Dewey-Thorsett. “We’ll talk about how recent Nobel Prize-winning research — based on Einstein’s century-old theory of relativity — opens a new window to the cosmos.”
Prior to becoming an affiliated scholar in Willamette’s physics department, Dewey-Thorsett taught physics and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz for 13 years. She has also worked at Cornell University, Princeton University and Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Lab, with a research focus on radio astronomy and stellar evolution. Dewey-Thorsett earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard and her doctorate from Princeton.
Held on the first Wednesday of the month, Distilled: Pub Talks feature scholars in an informal environment. The free presentations are geared for the public, and no background knowledge is needed. A question and answer session will follow the talk.
Just south of Madrona at 3743 Commercial St. S., The Half Penny is open to all ages until 9 p.m.
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Location Information:
Salem, Oregon
Contact Information:
Name: Adam Torgerson
Phone: 503-370-6274
Email: pub-talks@willamette.edu
Distilled: Pub Talks
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free admission
Event Sponsor(s):
Willamette University

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