The American Astronomical Society has a special lecture series, called Shapley Lectures, in which prominent astronomers come to campuses, give lectures, etc. This year, the Colleges been chosen to have a Harlow Shapley lecturer. The lecturer coming is John Huchra, a professor of astronomy at Harvard University and the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He will giving a public lecture, non-technical for general audiences, titled “The Age and Fate of the Universe: The State of the Universe Report” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, in the Sanford Room.
Huchra's research interests include large-scale structure within the universe, observational cosmology, Active Galactic Nuclei and galactic evolution, particularly star formation in galaxies and globular star cluster systems. Although he has worked in many areas of astronomy, he is most well-known for his work toward mapping the universe–that is, making maps of the distribution of galaxies around us.
Huchra currently serves as the director of graduate studies in the astronomy department at Harvard University. He holds a B.S. degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology.