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UCSD Inspiring Minds: Going to the Ends of the Earth...


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6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Gilead Sciences
199 East Blaine Street
Seattle, WA 98102
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Tamika Franklin

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Going to the Ends of the Earth to Glimpse the Beginnings of Time
Event Description
What was the Big Bang really like? What would it have been like to be a witness to the Big Bang? How can we understand the mysterious nature of dark matter and dark energy which pervade our universe?

Over the past decade sensitive astronomical telescopes have revealed the properties of the universe to unprecedented precision. Yet many mysteries remain. Foremost among them concerns the Big Bang itself. Dr. Brian Keating and his team of undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs have developed extremely powerful, cutting-edge telescopes that promise to reveal the origin and composition of the universe with exquisite precision.

UC San Diego’s telescopes are currently observing from the South Pole, Antarctica (9,000 foot altitude) and at 17,000 feet in the Chilean Atacama desert. Professor Keating will discuss these exciting experiments and the challenges of doing extreme astronomy in the Earth’s most remote locations.

About the Speaker
Brian G. Keating, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Physics Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS)
Brian Keating is a professor of physics at UC San Diego. He and his team of 21 students and postdocs develop instrumentation to study the early universe at radio-, microwave- and infrared wavelengths. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications and holds a U.S. patent.

Professor Keating received his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University and his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2000. He did postdoctoral research at Stanford University and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech before coming to UCSD in 2004. He received the 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House from President Bush for a telescope he developed at the U.S. South Pole Research Station called BICEP. Professor Keating co-leads a collaboration operating the POLARBEAR telescope in the Atacama Desert of Chile. He is also a private pilot with single and multi-engine instrument ratings. He is a Trustee of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination; Math for America, San Diego; and the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

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