A Decade of Discovery

Renowned astronomer Vicky Kalogera will highlight CIERA research findings at October 11 public lecture

By Gretchen OehlschlagerSeptember 12, 2018

As director of Northwestern’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA), Vicky Kalogera has traveled the globe to talk about things beyond this world.

Connecting the public to Northwestern’s work in astronomy is at CIERA’s core. With a special annual lecture series, the center brings campus and surrounding communities together to hear prominent astronomers speak on fascinating and timely topics. Past speakers have included Nobel laureates Rainer Weiss and Kip S. Thorne, and astrophysicist/author/science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson.

"Each year we hold our CIERA Public Lecture around the time of Northwestern’s Homecoming Weekend. It's a great opportunity for us to highlight the frontier research we are involved in," says Kalogera, the Daniel I. Linzer Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy and this year’s speaker.

Kalogera herself travels widely to present lectures to colleagues in astrophysics, as well as the public.

"This year's event is a special one since we are celebrating CIERA's 10th anniversary. One of our greatest strengths is the diversity of expertise and interests among our faculty, postdocs, and students,” says Kalogera. “They always keep us working on the most exciting problems in astrophysics, coupled to research frontiers in computer and data science, engineering, statistics, planetary science, and education."

This year’s free public lecture will highlight some of the amazing discoveries CIERA has been a part of throughout the past decade. Kalogera will also discuss where the center is heading in the next decade.

The lecture is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street in Evanston. The all-ages event will be tailored to a general audience. Afterwards, audience members can partake in a special “Ask an Astronomer” meet-and-greet with Northwestern astronomers. RSVP is kindly requested.