Renowned Theoretical Physicist and Author to Speak at SOU on Nov. 9-10

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Lawrence Krauss, director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University and an internationally known physicist and author, will take participants on a pair of intellectual adventures when he offers public lectures next Wednesday and Thursday nights (Nov. 9 and 10) at Southern Oregon University.

side_image_bioWednesday’s talk, “Journey to the Beginning of Time,” will address what Krauss describes as once-inaccessible metaphysical questions about how the universe began, how it will end, whether we’re alone in the universe and whether other universes exist. Those questions have come nearer to the reach of scientists in the past couple decades – and even in the past few years, he says. The lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the Rogue River Room of the Stevenson Union, with overflow space in the Stevenson Union Arena.

Thursday’s lecture, “The Greatest Story Ever Told … So Far,” will cover the real story of our journey to understand the universe – from the work of Plato to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Krauss calls it “a tale ripe with drama and surprise,” and he will discuss how the most recent scientific discoveries may affect our fundamental understanding and the future of our world. The talk will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 151 of the Science Building, with overflow space across campus at the Meese Auditorium in the Center for the Visual Arts.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. The presentations are part of the SOU campus theme for Fall Term, Shapes of Curiosity.

Krauss received a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Physics Department at ASU, and has won several international awards for both his research and his efforts to improve the public understanding of science. He is the author of 10 books, including New York Times bestsellers “The Physics of Star Trek” and “A Universe from Nothing.” He also appears in the Werner Herzog films “Salt and Fire” and “Lo and Behold.”

NOTE: Krauss may be accessible for telephone interviews prior to his Ashland visit. Please contact SOU for information on his availability.

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Acclaimed Physicist to Speak at SOU About Human Origins

(Ashland, Ore.) – Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss, the author of more than 300 scientific publications and popular articles on physics and astronomy, will make two public appearances at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore. next week. On Thursday, October 14, Dr. Krauss will trace the biography of a single atom from the beginning of the universe until the end, as imagined today.  The talk, titled An Atom from Oregon: Human Origins from the Beginning to the End of Time, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Rogue River Room in the Student Union (note new location). On Friday, October 15, at 3 p.m. in the Science Building lecture hall 118, Dr. Krauss will speak about Life, the Universe and Nothing: A Cosmic Mystery Story. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Professor Krauss is the Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, and the Inaugural Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. Professor Krauss is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gravity Research Foundation First Prize Award (1984), and the Presidential Investigator Award (1986). In February, 2000, Dr. Krauss was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s 1999-2000 Award for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology. He is the author of many acclaimed popular books including The Fifth Essence: The Search for Dark Matter in the Universe (Basic Books, 1989), which was named Astronomy Book of the Year by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Professor Krauss’s discussions are part of the SOU campus wide theme series entitled On Being Human. The series is sponsored by the SOU Arts and Humanities Council, the Office of Student Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost’s Office.

For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Morris at morris@sou.edu (552-6740) or Dr. Prakash Chenjeri at chenjeri@sou.edu (552-6034).