Astronomer to explore Milky Way galaxy at McMaster Colloquium

November 15, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Feliza Casano

An astronomer who has conducted revolutionary research on dark matter and the Milky Way galaxy will give the McMaster Colloquium Thursday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m.


Dr. James S. Bullock, a Sylvania native and professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California at Irvine, will share his research into our galaxy and dark matter at the annual colloquium in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium.

Bullock has narrated a National Geographic special on the Milky Way galaxy and writes a popular blog on astronomy along with his University of California work, which includes creating computer simulations to help understand the development of the universe.

“Bullock has done groundbreaking work in the field and focuses on the Milky Way galaxy,” said Dr. Tom Megeath, UT associate professor of astronomy and host of the colloquium. “He also does work with one of the great mysteries of cosmology right now: dark matter, a strange form of matter that has mass and gravity but does not interact with light.”

The community is encouraged to attend the free, public colloquium, which is designed to interest both the specialist and nonspecialist alike, Megeath said.

The McMaster Colloquium is held annually by the UT Department of Physics and Astronomy in honor of the late Harold McMaster, the alternative energy pioneer who had a deep appreciation for the pursuit of knowledge in physics and astronomy.

“The McMaster Colloquium is important for the University and has importance for all members of the community,” Megeath said. “Cosmology, the study of the universe as a whole, has been revolutionized in the past 40 years. By bringing in scientists working in cosmology who are also great communicators, we provide the opportunity for our community to learn about this field of science, which touches on some of the most fundamental questions of our existence.”

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