Baylor's CASPER Welcomes Distinguished Speakers for Spring 2013 Seminar Series

Baylor Sciences Building
Baylor Sciences Building
April 4, 2013

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WACO, Texas (April 4, 2013)--The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) welcomes distinguished guest speakers featured in the Spring 2013 Seminar Series. All lectures will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Baylor Sciences Building, Room E. 231, unless otherwise noted.

The schedule of guest lecturers is as follows:

April 5, 2013, 3:00 p.m., Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building, Room 104: Steve Rottler

Dean Dennis O'Neal and the School of Engineering & Computer Science welcomes guest lecturer Steve Rottler, Ph.D., vice president of California Laboratory and Energy for an "Overview of Sandia National Laboratories."

Rottler serves as lead for the laboratories' energy, climate and infrastructure security business unit. The California laboratory's principal programs include nuclear weapons stewardship; homeland security with a focus on defending against weapons of mass destruction; combustion, transportation and hydrogen energy research; biology; and advanced computational and information systems.

April 5, 3:30 p.m., Baylor Sciences Building, Room C.105: Hunter Waite

Waite, Ph.D., institute scientist in the Space Science & Engineering Division of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, will discuss an exciting area of research employing a Flagship-class NASA-ESA-ASI robotic spacecraft in the Saturn system, begun in 1997 and continuing through 2017. Dr. Waite is a renowned planetary scientist who has been involved in numerous flight missions including the Cassini-Huygens mission. He will describe the haze-enshrouded moon Titan and the small moon Enceladus whose cryo-geysers spew water and ice into the Saturn system.

April 12, 2013: Steven Spangler

Spangler, Ph.D., professor of radio astronomy, plasma astrophysics and space plasma physics at the University of Iowa, will present a lecture on plasmas and aspects of solar and interplanetary physics. He will conclude by showing how knowledge gained through study of the Sun and interplanetary medium can contribute to our understanding of much more remote astronomical objects in the Milky Way galaxy and beyond.

"He will be presenting both a technical talk and a 'lay audience' talk, said Truell Hyde, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Research and director of CASPER in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. "This will be a wonderful chance for Baylor faculty, staff and students to hear the latest in research in each of his specialized fields."

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April 26, 2013: Gerald Cleaver

Cleaver, Ph.D., is an associate professor of physics in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences. He specializes in Superstring Theory, which unifies all forces in nature (gravity, electromagnetics and the two nuclear forces). Gerald's current research topics in string theory include the construction of phenomenologically realistic superstring models, string/M-theory cosmology and the string landscape.

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by Rebecca Malzahn, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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