Distinguished astrophysicist to visit Keystone

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Posted: 02/07/2014

La Plume - The Keystone College Concerts and Lectures Series will welcome noted astrophysicist Dr. Patrick Slane for “Because the World is Round” on Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center. The free lecture, suitable for a general audience, will combine the clarity of astrophysics with the music of The Beatles.

A senior astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and a lecturer in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard, Dr. Slane’s research centers on high energy astrophysics, with particular concentration on the aftermath of massive stellar explosions. He is also a member of the Chandra Science Center where he leads the Science Mission Planning Team for the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Dr. Slane is involved in a variety of educational outreach activities to bring science topics to schools and the public. He is also an unabashed life-long fan of The Beatles. In fact, the Beatles’ song “Because” serves as the inspiration for his lecture as he believes it speaks of the awe and wonder inspired by the simplest of observations which has a profound basis in physics and astronomy.

Dr. Slane received a bachelor of science in engineering degree with majors in mathematics and physics from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and received his doctorate in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The presentation is supported by the Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Program of the American Astronomical Society. For more information, please contact Dr. Douglas O'Neal at (570) 945-8145.