Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Mysterious Dark Matter the Subject of Free Texas A&M-Kingsville Olan Kruse Lecture Feb. 11

KINGSVILLE - February 02, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Guest speaker Dr. Peter Fisher was featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien

The universe might not exist as we know it if it weren’t for a mysterious material we can’t see called “dark matter.” This is the subject of the annual Olan Kruse Lecture at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in room H 119 of Hill Hall.

The public is invited to attend this free lecture, written for a general audience.

Parking is available behind the Memorial Student Union Building, on the corner of Santa Gertrudis Avenue and University Boulevard. Hill Hall is the aluminum-domed building adjacent to the parking lot.

Dr. Peter Fisher is professor of physics and head of the division of particle and nuclear experimental physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He will explain in basic terms what dark matter is—according to his lecture notes, it’s the “stuff” that holds the galaxy together. He’ll then describe the hunt scientists are on to find dark matter, and talk about a current MIT experiment that aims to see where dark matter comes from.

Many a late night television viewer will recognize Fisher from his appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, where he talked about the science of spinning a wedding ring. In addition to that credit, Fisher has worked on the L3 Experiment at the Large Electron-Positron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland. He also worked on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer that flew on space shuttle Discovery in 1998, and has experience in the fields of neutrino physics, wireless power transmission and electromagnetic radiation.

Fisher holds a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology.

The Olan Kruse Lecture Series Endowment Fund was established in 2003 for the purpose of bringing distinguished physicists to Texas A&M-Kingsville to make presentations on current events in physics and astronomy.

For more information on the 2009 Olan Kruse Lecture, call 361-593-2624.

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