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UA offering science lectures at Biosphere 2

Citizen Staff Writer



A series of Saturday morning lectures on science produced by the University of Arizona will take place at UA’s Biosphere 2.

The “Let’s Talk Science” public lecture series will cover topics such as killer asteroids in space that could threaten Earth, black holes and the latest experiments in particle physics.

Lecture attendees who pay the $20 admission fee will receive an annual membership that will allow unlimited admission to future special lectures and presentations as well as Biosphere 2 tours, said Matt Adamson, program coordinator for outreach and education at Biosphere 2.

Annual memberships are normally $35, so the deal offers a $15 savings, Adamson said.

The lecture series, organized by the B2 Institute at Biosphere 2, includes:

• Saturday: Ed Beshore, senior staff scientist at the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and member of the Catalina Sky Survey team, will discuss “The Search for Near Earth Objects.”

• Feb. 28: Richard Greenberg, UA planetary science professor, will present “Unmasking Europa: The Search for Life on Jupiter’s Ocean Moon.”

• March 14: Elliott Cheu, UA physics professor, will discuss “Probing Dark Matter with the Large Hadron Collider.”

• March 21: Fulvio Melia, UA professor of astronomy and physics, will present, “Black Hole Horizons.”

• March 28: Donald McCarthy Jr. a UA Steward Observatory astronomer, will discuss “First Light: How We Can Discover the First Objects That Ever Formed.”

• April 4: Joaquin Ruiz, dean of the UA College of Science, will speak on a to-be-named topic.

• April 11: Dimitrios Psaltis, associate professor of physics and astronomy, will present “Extreme Astrophysics: Black Holes and Relativistic Stars.”

Saturday science lectures will take place at UA’s Biosphere 2


What: B2 Institute at Biosphere 2 “Let’s Talk Science” public lectures

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11.

Where: Biosphere 2 is at mile marker 96.5 on state Route 77 near Oracle.

Cost: $20, which includes Biosphere 2 tour and annual pass good for any Biosphere 2 lectures, programs and tours.

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