Computational Astrophysics Goes to Capitol Hill

Associate professor John H. Wise from the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics at Gatech roots for more supercomputing. On May 25, 2016 John Wise spoke at a Capitol Hill briefing after screening of "Solar Superstorms," a documentary funded by NSF. He urged support for more supercomputing. 

An Interview with Kip Thorne: It’s Your Generation of Experimenters That Makes Me Look Good!

Kip Stephen Thorne is a noted astrophysicist and a central figure in the legacy of gravitational physics research. He is the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology. He has made seminal contributions to theories underpinning the origin, characteristics and properties of blackholes, and theorised about the existence and behaviour of wormholes. Thorne is also famously interested in communicating ideas in advanced physics to the general public. He has written many popular books, notably Black Holes and Time Warps (1994), and helped helped Carl Sagan ideate on wormhole travel for the latter’s novel Contact (1985). The science behind the 2014 film Interstellar was defined by Thorne. For further details of the interview: Kip Thorne interview by grad student Karan Jani from Gatech.

Frontiers in Science Public Lecture by Sean Carroll

Theoretical physics professor Sean Carroll from California Institute of Technology will be giving the next "Frontiers in Science Public Lecture" on Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 144 at 19:00 hours. He will be talking about "The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time."  Come to listen about the origin of the universe from Prof. Sean Carroll. Here is the link of the talk: Frontiers in Science Public Lecture by Sean.

When: Monday, April 11, 2016. 

Where: GaTech, Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 144.

Time: 19:00 hours.

The sky with very-high-energy gamma rays: HAWC’s first year of observations

HAWC, a very-high-energy observatory, has today revealed the results of its first year of operation. The sky viewed with gamma rays shows some of the most explosive events in our galaxy, the Milky Way, and beyond. With HAWC, scientists observe the aftermath of the death of massive stars, glowing clouds of electrons around rapidly spinning neutron stars and supermassive black holes in other galaxies that are devouring matter and spitting out powerful jets of particles.

Ignacio Taboada, physics faculty at Georgia Tech is HAWC’s science coordinator.

Laura Cadonati @ TEDxDouglasville
The TEDx event on April 9th in Douglasville, GA will feature three Georgia Tech faculty members, including Professor Laura Cadonati. Other speakers include Brandon McCormick, a film-studio director in Buford, Georgia and Dr. Beheruz Sethna, former Senior Vice Chancellor of the University System of Georgia (USG). Additional information may be found at www.tedxdouglasville.com. Tickets are generally $20, but are currently in early-sale at $15.


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