Our CIERA Public Lectures, held once per year
In-depth conversations with CIERA researchers on topics such as:
- Previous public lectures have been given by the following speakers:
- Dr. Alan Stern (Associate Vice President of the Space Science and Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute)
- Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist and Frederick P. Rose Director, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History)
- Dr. Maria Zuber (Professor of Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
- Dr. John Grunsfeld (Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, NASA, and former astronaut)
- Prof. Robert Kirschner (Professor of Science, Harvard)
- Prof. Kip Thorne (Feynman Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology)
- Prof. Geoff Marcy (Professor of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley)
Viewing the heavens through Northwestern’s Dearborn Telescope
How many habitable, Earth-like planets are there, in the Galaxy?
- Why do some stars have Jupiter-sized planets that orbit their star in only days?
- How are stars born?
- How do black holes form, and evolve over time? How do they shine brighter than an entire galaxy?
- How does the black hole at the center of our Galaxy grow?
Input into CIERA science-education programs, which connect with children in:
local Evanston pre-school
- summer programs
- Chicago-area high schools