The Cosmos in a Heartbeat - Part of the Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series
The length of a human life barely registers on the scale of cosmic time. In spite of our relatively tiny size and our limited time here on Earth, a single generation of humans can take giant leaps forward in our understanding of the Universe. Join us to find out how dramatically our story of the cosmos has shifted in just a few decades—and to catch a glimpse of what the next chapter may hold. Come to the Mayo High School Planetarium to listen to a lecture from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. We will listen to Shane Larson, who will be in Chicago, while the Adler technicians control the dome here in Rochester, Minnesota. Join us for this unique experience.
Shane Larson is a research associate professor of physics at Northwestern University, where he is the Associate Director of CIERA (Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics). He works in the field of gravitational wave astrophysics, specializing in studies of compact stars, binaries, and the galaxy. He works in gravitational wave astronomy with both the ground-based LIGO project, and the future space-based detector LISA. Shane grew up in eastern Oregon, and was an undergraduate at Oregon State University where he received his B.S. in Physics in 1991. He received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics (1999) from Montana State University. He is an award winning teacher, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Paul Larson is the Planetarium Director for Mayo High School. Mr. Larson came to Rochester from the St. Cloud State University Planetarium, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, after spending three years as their lead presenter. During the summers of 2013 and 2014, he spent 12 weeks in Huntsville, Alabama, working with NASA on two internships.