Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Role of Sun on Earth, Solar System to be Focus of 2011 A&M-Kingsville Olan Kruse Lecture Series

KINGSVILLE - March 05, 2011

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

Of the billions of stars in the university it is the Sun that plays the most significant role in life on Earth. The Sun and its future impact on Earth and in the Solar System is the subject of the 8th annual Olan Kruse Lecture at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Wednesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the Peacock Auditorium in the Biology-Earth Science building at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The public is invited to attend this free lecture from Dr. Lief Svalgaard written for a general audience. Parking is available behind the Memorial Student Union Building, on the corner of Santa Gertrudis Avenue and University Boulevard.

Svalgaard is a world-renowned solar scientist, who currently serves as researcher at Stanford University. Svalgaard was the co-builder of the Wilcox Solar Observatory, is an independent solar researcher, serves as the United States Special Envoy to the Soviet Union on Protection of the Environment and also has worked on numerous other projects both in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

 Dr. W. Wayne Kinnison, associate professor of physics at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is helping organize the lecture.

 “The sun is the ultimate source of all forms of energy here on Earth except nuclear power,” Kinnison said. “Understanding its detailed behavior past, present and future is ultimately a question of the utmost importance concerning energy on Earth.

 “The Sun is the dominant participant in the environment in outer space, particularly near the orbit of the Earth. As a result, our lives are more and more driven by technology in space, such as communication satellites, weather satellites and navigation satellites. The short term behavior of the sun can have a huge impact on the life and economics of the entire planet. This talk will help us to understand how much and how little we know of this all-important celestial body,” Kinnison said.

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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