Colleges host their first American Astronomical Society speaker
(Feb. 20, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–In his recent State of the Union speech, President George W. Bush announced a major initiative aimed at expanding space exploration. As if in response, Professor John Huchra, a senior astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, reports on the State of the Universe, live from the Hobart and William Smith campus.
Huchra presents “The Age and Fate of the Universe: The State of the Universe Report,” a non-technical lecture for general audiences, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, in the Sanford Room. He appears courtesy of the Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureships, an American Astronomical Society program through which prominent astronomers speak on college campuses.
The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.
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.