2012-13 Faculty Lectures Series Begins
(Sept. 5, 2012) Armstrong's Robert I Strozier Faculty Lecture Series will kick off the 2012-13 academic year with “Neutrinos: Cosmic Carriers of Clues to the Universe,” by J.A. Secrest, assistant professor of chemistry and physics. The talk will address the physics of the neutrino, an extremely difficult particle to observe due to its weak interaction with matter, the science of supernovae and Armstrong's role in two leading neutrino experiments. Secrest's talk will take place at noon on Friday, Sept. 7 in the Student Union's Ogeechee Theatre
Billions of neutrinos flow through each centimeter of the human body each second. When a star undergoes a supernova, 99 percent of the energy burst is given off as neutrinos. The lecture will discuss two experiments, one at the Helium and Lead Observatory (HALO) and the next generation of experiments at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO+), that will observe neutrinos from galactic supernovae.
Later in the fall semester, the ongoing series will include philosophy faculty members Jack Simmons and Erik Nordenhaug's "The Outsourcing of Ethical Thinking" on Friday, Oct. 12, also at noon in the Ogeechee Theatre.
All faculty lectures in the Strozier series are free and open to the public.