Distinguished Lecture Series


Every year the CRA presents a Distinguished Lecture Series featuring an internationally renowned scientist. The Lecture Series consists of one public talk and one colloquium, and is the highlight of the CRA's academic year.

Previous Distinguished Lecturers
2009 Sir Roger Penrose (Oxford University) 
2011 Dr. Ed Seidel  (National Science Foundation)
2011 Dr. Roger C Hunter (NASA Ames Research Center)


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Distinguished Lecturer Francis Halzen
Prof. Francis Halzen is the next Distinguished lecturer at the CRA. He will be visiting us next semester, September 12 2016. He is a theoretical physicist studying problems at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. He is also the Principal Investigator of IceCube, a neutrino telescope in operation at the South Pole. IceCube has discovered an astrophysical flux of neutrinos in the 10 TeV to 2 PeV energy scale.
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 15:00 to 16:00
CRA Distinguished Lecture: Turning Stars into Gold

Most beginning chemistry students struggling with the complexities and underlying structure of the Periodic Table will simply accept the existence of the approximately 90 stable elements. Rarely does it occur to them that somewhere and in some way, all of the elements had to be synthesized. Such element generation or nucleosynthesis, through transmutation of one element into another, is a crucial by product of stellar energy generation. It has occurred since the birth of the first stars in the Galaxy, and without it life on Earth would not be possible. Although the general picture of element formation is well understood, many questions about the nuclear physics processes and particularly the astrophysical details responsible for forming precious elements such as platinum and gold remain to be understood.

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 18:00 to 19:00
Howey L3
Distinguished Lecturer George Efstathiou

Curious about how the Universe grows? Come listen to the Prof. Efstatjiou, Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology in Cambridge, one of the winners of the 2011 Cosmology Prize of The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation.

Watch his talk: https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/53315


Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 18:00 to 19:00
CULC 144
CRA Distinguished Lecture
Take a break from studying and come listen to Prof. Yoshida describe the history of the universe over 13 billion years since the Big Bang. He will use the visual results from recent state-of-the-art computer simulations that aid our understanding on how astronomical objects such as stars, galaxies, and black holes form in an expanding universe. He will explore prospects for future high-performance computing using exascale computers.
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 16:00 to 17:15
CULC 152