School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

NASA: Exploring the Universe, presented by Dr. Nicholas White

Thursday, April 20
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hoblitzelle Hall Auditorium (HH2.402)
Reception at 4:30 p.m.

This free lecture is sponsored by the Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Relativity Group, the Department of Physics, Office of the VP for Research and Economic Development, and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The NASA Exploration of the Universe program focuses on the following questions: How do galaxies, stars, and planetary systems form and evolve? Which planets might harbor life? What powered the Big Bang? What is the nature of the mysterious dark energy that is pulling the universe apart? What happens to space, time, and matter at the edge of a black hole?

Dr. Nicholas White, Director of the Exploration of the Universe division at NASA, will give an overview of the missions that NASA plans to fly over the next twenty years to address these questions, including the Hubble Servicing mission, the James Webb Space Telescope, Constellation-X, LISA and a Dark Energy mission.

Dr. White is director of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), and chief scientist for the Beyond Einstein program. He has worked as an astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center since November 1990.

Dr. White's research interests are X-Ray astronomy, cosmic X-Ray sources, X-Ray binaries, X-Ray Pulsars, as well as properties of stellar coronae from nearby active stars. He has authored over 166 scientific publications and chaired a number of international conferences. He earned the Goddard Space Flight Center Exceptional Achievement award.

For more information, please contact Professor Mustapha Ishak-Boushaki.

  • Updated: December 19, 2007