We are made of star stuff and UMass Dartmouth Physics Associate Professor Robert Fisher will discuss his ongoing work in unraveling the cosmic mystery of the nature and origins of the extremely bright stellar explosions, known as supernovae, on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at 4 p.m., at UMass Dartmouth’s Claire T. Carney Library Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Foundation Grand Reading Room. The ARNIE Talk titled The Once and Future Universe: Understanding Our Place in the Cosmos with Exploding Stars will offer stunning visuals illustrating the power of scientific computing and the beauty of the cosmos.
Supernovae are extremely bright stellar explosions that have been seen in the Milky Way galaxy throughout human history and helped spark the scientific revolution. The explosion of supernovae spread heavy elements through the galaxy, with some of them incorporated into the formation of the Earth to become the calcium in our bones, iron in our blood, silicon of computer technology, and gold in jewelry. Supernovae continue to be at the cusp of the human understanding of the cosmos.
Dr. Fisher completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 2002. He then took positions as Postdoctoral Research Associate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Research Scientist and Astrophysics Group Leader in the DOE Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC) Flash Center, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, at University of Chicago. Since joining the Physics Faculty at UMass Dartmouth in 2008, he has published 15 peer-reviewed articles in some of his field's top journals and won numerous grants in support of his research.
ARNIE (Art. Research. Nexus. Innovation. Education) Talks, modeled after the TED Talks, open to the entire University community, present short, thought provoking and engaging talks across the colleges at UMass Dartmouth. ARNIE Talks provide graduate students and faculty the opportunity to discuss research and programs, while honoring excellent scholarship on campus and fostering community and culture at the university.
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