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These presentations are hosted by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and are funded largely by the Ronald M. and Susan J. Friedman Outreach Fund in Astronomy. Friedman is a member of the department's Board of Visitors.

If you would like to suggest a speaker, you may send an email to cxp137@psu.edu.

presentations are hosted by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and are funded largely by the Ronald M. and Susan J. Friedman Outreach Fund in Astronomy. Friedman is a member of the department's Board of Visitors.
Date Name Institution Presentation
11/10/2016 Kate Grier Penn State University The Monsters of the Universe: Supermassive Black Holes and their Masses
4/28/2016 Chad Hanna Penn State University The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
12/1/2015 Jason Wright Penn State University Watch:  Searching for Alien Megastructures:  Hype vs. Reality
4/28/2015 Mike Brown Caltech
Watch: Tales from the Outer Solar System
10/30/2014 Ravi Kopparapu Penn State University Potential Habitable Worlds: How Common Are They?
10/22/2013 Brendan Mullan Penn State University Everything in the Universe is Terrible. Here's Why That's Awesome.
4/9/2013 Jill Tarter Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute Watch: Are We Alone?
9/13/2012 Heidi Hammel
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Watch: James Webb Space Telescope: NASA's Next Great Observatory
5/18/2011 Karl Gebhardt
University of Texas in Austin Walk Softly When Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe
10/27/2010 John Grunsfeld
Space Telescope Science Institute
A Hubble Story
4/14/2007 Carl Herrmann
Johns Hopkins University
Fire and Ice: Exploration of the Solar System
11/7/2006 Mercedes Richards, Darren Williams,
Avi Mandell, Christopher Palma
Penn State University What is a Planet, Why not Pluto?
11/20/2005 John Nousek,      David Burrows, Margaret Chester
Penn State University Penn State in Space, The Swift Experience
4/6/2005 Max Tegmark
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Parallel Universes
2/26/2005 Eric Feigelson
Penn State University Planets, Planets, Everywhere
11/20/2003 Christopher Palma
Penn State University
Galactic Cannibals
3/27/2003
Mario Livio Space Telescope Science Institute Beauty in an Accelerating Universe
11/21/2002
Michael Weinstein Penn State University Highlights from Hubble
4/7/2002
Lawrence Krauss
Case Western Reserve University The Physics of Star Trek
2/24/2002
Michael Eracleous
Penn State University Can a Bright Star Find Happiness in the Deadly Embrace of a Black Hole?
11/11/2001
Pablo Laguna
Penn State University When Black Holes Collide
10/21/2001
Marc Millis
NASA Glenn Research Center The Drive for Interstellar Travel
7/14/2001
Frank Drake Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life
4/28/2001
Chuck Higgins
Penn State University Parade of the Planets: Past, Present and Future
3/24/2001
Chris Churchill
Penn State University From Stardust to Dinosaurs to Footprints on the Moon to Stardust Again
2/25/2001
Jane Charlton
Penn State University A Brief History of the Universe
11/12/2000
Michael Weinstein
Penn State University Was There a Big Bang?
10/14/2000
Charles Beichman
Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Search for Life
7/14/2000
Eric Feigelson
Penn State University How to Make a Star
4/25/2000
John Nousek
Penn State University Chasing Fireworks Across the Gamma-ray Sky: the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Explorer
3/19/2000
Niel Brandt
Penn State University X-raying the Environments of Supermassive Black Holes
12/5/1999
Gordon Garmire
Penn State University
Black Holes, Stellar Explosions, and Stellar Birth: Exploring the X-ray Universe with the Chandra X-ray Observatory
10/24/1999
David J. Helfand
Columbia University How Superman Sees the Stars
7/9/1999
Darren Williams
Penn State University Habitable Planets
4/25/1999
Daniel Weedman
Penn State University
NASA's Origins Program: Seeking Other Earths
2/28/1999
Alexander Wolszczan Penn State University The First Extrasolar Planets: Behind the Scenes of Discovery
11/22/1998
Lawrence Ramsey
Penn State University
Searching for Extra-Solar-System Planets: The Role of the New Generation of Large Ground-Based Telescopes
9/27/1998
Steven Squyres Cornell University
Exploration of Mars