Astronomy Lectures This Spring

DARTMOUTH, MA. - Two distinguished guest lecturers have been invited to speak about their work in astronomy at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this semester. On the evening of Monday, April 26th, Professor Harold McAlister of Georgia State University and director of the Mt. Wilson Observatory in California will discuss his research experiences. Then on Monday, May 10th the university will host a presentation by Dr. Don Boroson of MITs Lincoln Laboratories. Both lectures are scheduled to begin at 7pm in room 226 located in the science and engineering building (Group II) near the library.

DARTMOUTH, MA. - Two distinguished guest lecturers have been invited to speak about their work in astronomy at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this semester. On the evening of Monday, April 26th, Professor Harold McAlister of Georgia State University and director of the Mt. Wilson Observatory in California will discuss his research experiences. Then on Monday, May 10th the university will host a presentation by Dr. Don Boroson of MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories. Both lectures are scheduled to begin at 7pm in room 226 located in the science and engineering building (Group II) near the library. 

The events are free and the public is welcome to attend. Following each of the lectures there will be an open house at the UMass Dartmouth Observatory at approximately 8:30 p.m. 

Professor Harold McAlister will describe the Center for High-Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) Array, a powerful new multi-telescope instrument located at Mount Wilson. He will describe some of the history of the Mount Wilson Observatory, and how the new instrument will increase our knowledge of stars and the Milky Way Galaxy. 

Harold McAlister received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Virginia. He worked as a research associate at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona before joining the faculty of Georgia State University in 1977. He is currently Regents' Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and is Director of the Mt. Wilson Institute in Pasadena, California. 

Dr. Don Boroson, of MIT/Lincoln Laboratories, will present an overview of the Mars Laser Communication Demonstration, a large-scale project funded by NASA. The project intends to demonstrate the feasibility of communication and data transfer at rates roughly ten times higher than more commonly used microwave links, among other things. 

Don M. Boroson is a senior staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he has worked for over 25 years. He earned his B.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University. At the Lincoln laboratory, Dr. Boronson has worked on a diverse set of communications problems, culminating in his acting as Lead Engineer for the recent GeoLITE mission, the world's first successful high-rate, space-based laser communications system. At present, Dr Boroson is the lead System Engineer on NASA's Mars Laser Communications Demonstration, scheduled for launch in 2009. 

For more information contact Elliot Horch at 508-999-8360.


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