CASPER Fall Seminar Series Will Welcome Acclaimed Guests this Fall

Oct. 14, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 14, 2015) – Baylor University’s Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) will host many guest speakers this fall for its annual seminar series.

“CASPER provides Baylor students research opportunities at a world-class level and the ability to interact with faculty and students from across Baylor and around the world,” said Truell Hyde, Ph.D., vice provost for research at Baylor and director of CASPER.

The CASPER Seminar started more than a decade ago as an opportunity to provide faculty, staff and students the opportunity for exposure to different scholars and their research.

Unless otherwise noted on the website, all lectures will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) Room 3160.

The lecture schedule is as follows:

Oct. 19 – Krista Soderlund, Ph.D., research associate at the University of Texas at Austin Institute of Geophysics, “Modeling Deep Connective Flows and Magnetic Fields of Uranus and Neptune”

Nov. 6 – John Alred, Ph.D., acting deputy branch chief of the materials and processes branch of the structural engineering division at NASA and the International Space Station system manager for materials and processes

Nov. 10 – Bharat Ratra, Ph.D., professor of cosmology and astroparticle physics at Kansas State University, “Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Einstein’s Cosmological Constant and the Accelerating Universe”

These events are free and open to the public. The BRIC is located at 100 Research Parkway.

For more information, call CASPER at (254) 710-3763.

by Bethany Harper , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) is a stand-alone research center located at Baylor University. CASPER teams conduct research in a number of theoretical and experimental areas and offer both basic research as well as engineering and design opportunities for graduate, undergraduate, technical support and high school students as well as grade school, middle school and high school teachers. For more information, visit

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