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Chris Impey - Humble Before the Void

Subject of talk: Humble Before the Void

For five years Dr. Impey has been going to the foothills of the Himalaya to teach cosmology to Buddhist monks, as part of a program started by the Dalia Lama. The talk will describe this unusual experience of east meets west and science meets religion, and gives a sense of how cosmology can be presented to people with limited background in science from a very different culture.

Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor and Deputy Head of the Department at the University of Arizona, in charge of academic programs. His research is on observational cosmology, gravitational lensing, and the evolution and structure of galaxies. He has over 170 refereed publications and 60 conference proceedings, and his work has been supported by $20 million in grants from NASA and the NSF. As a professor, he has won eleven teaching awards, and has been heavily involved in curriculum and instructional technology development. Impey is a past Vice President of the American Astronomical Society. He has also been an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar, a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, and the Carnegie Council on Teaching’s Arizona Professor of the Year. Impey has written over thirty popular articles on cosmology and astrobiology and authored two introductory textbooks. His has published three popular science books: The Living Cosmos (2007, Random House), How It Ends (2010, Norton) and How It Began (2012, Norton), and has three more in preparation, including one on his work in India with Buddhist monks from Tibet. He was co-chair of the Education and Public Outreach Study Group for the Astronomy Decadal Survey of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 

This event is sponsored by FreeThought Arizona and will be held at DuVal Auditorium.

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  • Bobbie V.

    Wonderful information. I had heard Impey's presentations were great and now I know first hand they are.

    January 20, 2014

  • Carlos M.

    Too late for me now.

    January 19, 2014

  • Katherine B.

    Wow, this is planning ahead!

    October 3, 2013

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