Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe

The universe is expanding, but recent discoveries indicate an even more astonishing phenomenon: the expansion is speeding up!

March 29, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Desmarais Building, Room 4101
55 Laurier Avenue East

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Nobelist Lecture Series presents a lecture by Nobel Laureate Adam Riess

Join us as 2011 Nobel Laureate Dr. Adam Riess discusses Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe. Dr. Riess will describe how his team of researchers discovered the acceleration of the Universe and why understanding Albert Einstein’s theory of “dark energy” presents one of the greatest remaining challenges in astrophysics and cosmology.

Don’t miss this fascinating lecture. Seating is limited, so act now!


Biography of Dr. Adam Riess

Adam Riess is the Thomas J. Barber Professor in Space Studies at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, a distinguished astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1996.

In 2011, he was named a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and was awarded the Albert Einstein Medal for his leadership in the High-z Supernova Search Team’s discovery that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating, a phenomenon widely attributed to a mysterious, unexplained “dark energy” filling the universe. The discovery was named by Science magazine in 1998 as “the Breakthrough Discovery of the Year.”

His accomplishments have been recognized with a number of other awards including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008, the Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize in 2007 (shared) and the Shaw Prize in Astronomy in 2006. 

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