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Stellar Archaeology: The Race to Find the Oldest Stars in the Universe

Stellar Archaeology: The Race to Find the Oldest Stars in the Universe

The second of our Science and Society - Making Sense of the World Around Us lecture series.features a presentation by Michelle Shinn, physicist from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Even a casual observer of the night sky will see that some stars shine a different color than others.  Historically, learn how this color was tied to the age of a star, aided by the diligent analyses done primarily by female astronomers recruited by a Harvard professor.  A modern version of the same techniques, utilized on the largest telescopes, reveals a story of how our Milky Way galaxy sweeps up other galaxies, and in the process, contains some of the first stars shown in the Universe.

Dr. Michelle Shinn is an accomplished public speaker on a variety of physics such as dark matter and energy, lasers and astronomy. She is an amateur astronomer, beekeeper, and historical musicologist. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Dr. Shinn received her Physics degrees (BS ’78, MS ’80, PhD ’83) at Oklahoma State University. She has worked at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) as a laser scientist, been an Associate Professor of Physics at Bryn Mawr College and an optical scientist at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab). Dr. Shinn is now at the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Physics where she is responsible for the Small Business Innovative Research Program. There she works to strengthen ties with industry and the nuclear physics community in order to foster the development of commercial applications arising from nuclear physics research.

Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stop by the Circulation Desk.

This lecture series is co-hosted by the Lewes Public Library and Topical Seminars. Topical Seminars is a bi-monthly meeting of members of our community interested in participating in sessions of informed discourse on a variety of topics. The goal is to have a shared learning experience that will improve the social capital of our community.

Date:
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Time:
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:
Large Meeting Room East, Large Meeting Room West
Library:
Lewes Public Library
Audience:
  Adults     Older Adults  
Categories:
  STEM