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Join us for a series of free informal lectures served up at Forager Tasting Room and Eatery in the booming SOFA district of San Jose. Brought to you by the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association, each talk will engage one of our favorite Professors in discussion with you, the local community of Silicon Valley. We will cover everything from organic artichokes to endangered zebras, self-driving cars to Shakespeare. All are welcome. Audience participation is encouraged. Enjoy a freshly pulled pint and great meal, and learn something while you're eating!

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(This series was formerly called Prof & a Pint but was changed due to a trademark dispute)

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What is the Dark Matter?

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Four fifths of the matter in the universe is made of something completely different from the "ordinary matter" we know and love. I will explain why this "dark matter" is an unavoidable ingredient to explain the universe as we observe it, and I will describe what the fundamental, particle nature of the dark matter could possibly consist of. I will then give an overview of strategies to search for dark matter as a particle, describe a few examples of possible hints of discovery, and outline ways forward in this exciting hunt.

Stefano Profumo is a Professor of Physics and the Director of Physics Graduate Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Deputy Director for Theory of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award after the[masked] academic year. Profumo earned his MS in Theoretical Physics from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, in 2001, and a PhD in Elementary Particles Theory from the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, in 2004. He joined the faculty at the University of California in 2007 after two postdoctoral positions, one at Florida State University [masked]) and one at the California Institute for Technology [masked]). Profumo’s research work spans particle physics theory, cosmology, and high-energy astrophysics. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed articles, most of which on the topic of particle dark matter; his research work has been cited around 20,000 times, according to Google Scholar. He is the author of the textbook "An Introduction to Particle Dark Matter". Profumo is also an avid runner, biker, and triathlete.

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