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NSHP & NSBP at their best: Cosmology, Classical and Quantum Gravity January 28, 2009

Posted by CGR Section Chair in : Cosmology, Gravitation, and Relativity (CGR) , trackback Bookmark and Share

It’s true. On February 12 and 13, the three best sessions of the joint annual meeting of NSBP and NSHP will take place. The Dr. Beth Brown Memorial Cosmology, Classical and Quantum Gravity sessions will be happening at 2 PM and 4 PM on the 12th and at 5 PM on Friday the 13th. Okay, okay, so the cosmologist writing this blog might be a little biased. Maybe all of the sessions at NSHP/NSBP are fantastic. But let me tell you why I think ours are the best!

Our sessions focus on questions about the origins of the universe, its fundamental make up and its evolution. We also study some of the most exotic objects in the universe, from strings to black holes and even stringy black holes.

Speaking of black holes, this year we will be celebrating the life of an extraordinary woman in astrophysics who studied black holes and who died in late 2008. Dr. Beth A. Brown will be honored in a number of ways, and the 4 PM 12 February session will be devoted to her final work. Professor James Lindesay and Dr. Tehani Finch of Howard University will be presenting, along with an introduction by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Other invited speakers this year include Dr. Neil Turok, Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Professor Jorge Pullin of Louisiana State University, Professor S. James Gates of the University of Maryland, and Professor Edmund Bertschinger, chair of MIT.

Talk titles this year include the tantalizing:
“Addressing a Crisis in Fundamental Physics: Probing the Nature of Dark Energy with Supernovae and Galaxy Clusters”
“Loop Quantum Gravity: What it is and some recent results”
“Formation of black holes and the onset of cosmic acceleration”

Want to know who is giving what talk? Come to our sessions and find out! Check the NSBP schedule and look for the CGR I, II and III sessions.

See you there!

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