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The first proof that the universe underwent an almost unimaginably fast expansion when it was only a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old has taken the world by storm. This sudden growth spurt was first theorized more than three decades ago. Yet only last month did astrophysicists reveal the first hard evidence that the universe swelled from microscopic to cosmic size almost instantly -- an announcement so huge it's being compared to the discovery of the Higgs boson.
On April 18, 1:00-1:50 pm PDT, two of the scientists who made this groundbreaking discovery will come together for a conversation with two of the pioneering leaders of the field. Together, they will examine the detection of a distinctive, swirling pattern in the universe's first light, what the swirl tells us about that monumental growth spurt, and the many implications on the way we understand the universe around us.
WHEN: April 18 (Friday), 1:00 - 1:50 pm PDT
HOW TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS: Questions can be submitted ahead of and during this webcast by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the hashtag #KavliLive on Google+ or Twitter.
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ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
JOHN CARLSTROM - Dr. Carlstrom leads two experiments that study the universe's first light: the South Pole Telescope in Antarctica and the Sunyaev-Zeldovich Array in California. One of the foremost researchers in this field, Dr. Carlstrom is an expert at extracting information from patterns in light from the early universe. He is the Deputy Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. Dr. Carlstrom is also the S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics at the University of Chicago.
WALTER OGBURN - Dr. Ogburn is a member of the BICEP2 team that made this important discovery. He also conducts work at The Keck Array, a suite of telescopes at the South Pole that also search for twists in the universe's first light. Dr. Ogburn is a postdoctoral researcher at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University.
MICHAEL S. TURNER (Moderator) - Dr. Turner is a theoretical cosmologist who works at the intersection of cosmology and elementary particle physics to understand the origin and evolution of the universe. Renowned for his work on inflationary cosmology, the characteristics of dark energy and the nature of dark matter, Dr. Turner is the Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics as well as the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.
ABIGAIL VIEREGG - Dr. Vieregg is an active member of the BICEP2 team. In addition, she works on The Keck Array and the ANITA experiment, which studies ultra-high energy cosmic neutrinos. A member of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, Dr. Vieregg is also an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.
- The Rockefeller UniversityDirector of Communications and Public Affairs, 2005 - 2013
- The Rockefeller UniversityDirector of Communications, 1999 - 2005
- The Rockefeller UniversityAssociate Editor, 1995 - 1999
- The Rockefeller UniversityAssistant Editor, 1994 - 1995
- Plenum PublishingProofreader/Copyeditor, 1992 - 1994
- All-American RathskellerBartender, 1987 - 1992
I am an independent communications consultant, specializing in science and medical writing.
I worked at Rockefeller University's Office of Communications and Public Affairs for nearly 20 years, beginning in 1994, and served as head of that office from 2004 until 2013. At Rockefeller, I covered research from areas across the discipline of the life sciences, including biochemistry, molecular biology, neurobiology, structural biology and immunology, as well as chemistry and physics. I coordinated press coverage for four Nobel Prize winners, as well as major university announcements, including the elections of two presidents, the university’s centennial and a record-breaking gift. My team received several awards from the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Program, including a gold medal for research, medicine and science news writing, and an overall grand gold award for excellence in news writing in 2003.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in ceramic science and engineering from Penn State University, where I also did graduate research on electronic and superconducting ceramics. Prior to joining Rockefeller, I worked as a bartender at the All-American Rathskeller in State College, PA, and as a proofreader/copyeditor for Plenum Publishing in New York. I am a member of the National Association of Science Writers and co-president of Science Writers in New York.
- Pennsylvania State UniversityCeramic Science and Engineering, 1981 - 1987
- Delone Catholic High School1977 - 1979
- State College Area High School1979 - 1981