Cosmic Secrets Unlocked in Free Lecture at CSULB

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X-ray: NASA/CXC/UNAM/Ioffe/D.Page,P.Shternin et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

X-ray: NASA/CXC/UNAM/Ioffe/D.Page,P.Shternin et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

Advances in astronomy and physics technology and theoretical research are revealing the history and future of the universe through high precision observations of distant galaxies and even radiation resulting from the Big Bang.

The latest cosmological discoveries are the focus of the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Fellows Colloquium, “Cosmic Secrets Unlocked: The Bright and Dark Sides of Our Universe,” presented Thursday, March 14.  The event is open free to the public by reservation.

Guest speakers are Prashanth Jaikumar, a professor in CSULB’s Physics and Astronomy Department, and Michele Vallisneri, a research scientist and member of NASA’s gravitation wave core team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.  The lecture takes place in the CSULB Chart Room restaurant beginning with registration and a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m. 

Jaikumar has published nearly 50 research papers on his theories about the universe’s early evolution, and the nature of neutron stars and their impact on gravitation waves.  He received a NASA fellowship in 2010 to study gravitation waves and also received a Cottrell College Award from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement.

Vallisneri is a recognized expert in developing advanced data analysis techniques for gravity waves from space and Earth-based observatories.  The Pars Foundation’s “Findings on Elasticity” included his work along with more than 50 other scientists and artists, and Vallisneri also produced “Einstein’s Cosmic Messengers,” a multimedia presentation and DVD about gravitation waves.

Registration is limited and can be made at or 562/985-7446.  Paid visitor parking permits are available for $5 from campus parking lot dispensers.


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