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Northwestern University

Our CIERA Public Lectures, held once per year

  • 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)

In-depth conversations with CIERA researchers on topics such as:
  • 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?
Viewing the heavens through Northwestern’s Dearborn Telescope

Input into CIERA science-education programs, which connect with children in:
  • local Evanston pre-school
  • summer programs
  • Chicago-area high schools

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