Baylor Department of Physics Presents Astronomy Lecture and More For Colloquium Series

Adam Kraus
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Jan. 28, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 29, 2014) - As part of the 2014 Physics Colloquium Series, the Baylor University department of physics has invited Adam Kraus, Ph.D., to speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Baylor Sciences Building Room E.125. Kraus, an assistant professor in the department of astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin, will be lecturing on giant planets caught at formation.

Jay Dittman, Ph.D., an associate professor of physics at Baylor, said Dr. Kraus has been involved in "exciting" research to identify planets in the outer solar system.

"It's one of the more interesting and hot topics in observational astronomy right now," Dittman said. "Since we have astronomy majors at Baylor, we try to pull in some speakers who can talk about this cutting-edge research."

The discovery of the new planets has offered the first window into outer solar systems, and newly commissioned instruments for the research promise dozens more discoveries.

"This lecture would be enjoyable for anyone who is interested in astronomy," Dittman said.

The rest of the lectures in the Colloquium Series will be as follows:

Jan. 22: Dr. Rick Field, professor

Jan. 29: Dr. Adam Kraus, assistant professor, department of astronomy, UT Austin

Feb 5: Dr. Lorin Matthews, associate professor, physics department, BU

Feb. 12: Dr. Jaehoon Yu, professor, UT

Feb. 19: Dr. Anton V. Malko, assistant professor, physics department, UT Dallas

Feb. 26: Troy Schaudt, Wolfram Research, Inc.

March 5: Dr. Xingang Chen, assistant professor, physics department, UT Dallas

March 19: Dr. C. Jackson, associate professor, physics department, UT Arlington

March 26: Dr. Nirav Mehta, assistant professor, department of physics and astronomy,

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April 2: Dr. Shardha Jogee, professor, department of astronomy, UT Austin

April 9: Dr. Howard Baer, professor, physics department, OU

April 16: Dr. Bennie Ward, professor, physics department, BU

April 23: Dr. Raul Briceno, postdoc, JLab

April 30: Dr. Anzhong Wang, professor, physics department, BU

Each lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the Baylor Science Building, Room E125, 101 Bagby Ave. For more information, contact Anzhong Wang, Ph.D., at (254) 710-2276.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805.


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