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World Science U for a Day: Triumphs and Mysteries of Gravity

Friday, June 3, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Immerse yourself in an intense and intimate day with some of the foremost experts in gravitational physics and cosmology. This event offers you and group of no more than 60 fellow enthusiasts a curated curriculum comprising stimulating science that goes beyond a popular-level presentation. From black holes to dark matter to gravitational waves, this is a rare opportunity to be guided by our stellar faculty to the far reaches of understanding.


8:00 AM: House opens / Coffee & Continental Breakfast in Lobby

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Justin Khoury

10:20 AM – 11:20 AM: Barry Barish

11:40 AM – 12:40 PM: Rai Weiss

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch

2:20 PM – 3:20 PM: Katherine Freese

3:40 PM – 4:40 PM: Priyamvada Natarajan

5:00 PM: Program Ends


Barry BarishPhysicist

Barry Barish is an experimental physicist and a Linde Professor of Physics, emeritus at Caltech. He became the Principal Investigator of LIGO in 1994 and was LIGO Director from 1997-2005. Barish led the effort through the approval of funding by the NSF National Science Board in 1994, and the construction and commissioning of the LIGO interferometers in Livingston, LA and Hanford, WA in 1997.

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Katherine FreeseCosmologist, UT Austin

Katherine Freese is the Director of the Weinberg Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Jeff & Gail Kodosky Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. She is …

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Justin KhouryPhysicist

Justin Khoury is associate professor and undergraduate chair of physics & astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his B.Sc. from McGill University and his Ph.D from Princeton University under Paul Steinhardt.

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Priyamvada NatarajanAstrophysicist, Yale

Priyamvada Natarajan is the Joseph S. and Sophia S. Fruton Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Yale. She is an astrophysicist with research interests in cosmology, gravitational lensing, and black …

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Rai WeissPhysicist

Rai Weiss is known for his pioneering measurements of the spectrum of the cosmic microwave background radiation and his seminal leadership in the conception, design and operation of the laser interferometer gravitational wave detector; remarkable scientific achievements recognized by his roles as a co-founder and an intellectual leader of both the COBE Project and LIGO.

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