Previous outreach events, speakers, and projects
June 19, 2021 — Window to the Universe: 3D Design Program
Join us June 19th at 10:00 am CT for a live webinar to learn how to design telescope cameras that are used to map the Universe. Scientist Benjamin Schmitt from the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian will share his research, life at the south pole, and explore the telescope camera design challenge.
Dr. Schmitt will be joined by Kent Lambert at the University of Chicago Hack Arts Lab who will 3D print a telescope camera model. We will also be joined by the Museum of Science and Industry Fab Lab team who will teach you how to create your own 3D projects.
Introduction to Dr. Schmitt & Design Challenges: video
Take on one of the design challenges using materials you have at home, learn more here.
Register to attend this live event and share your designs with us by uploading a photo of your creation. This program will be presented as a Zoom webinar. All registrants will receive the webinar link a week prior to the program.
April 3, 10, 17, & 24 2021 — CMB-S4 Saturday Science Series
In collaboration with Fermilab Saturday Morning Physics, the CMB-S4 Collaboration introduces our first Saturday Science Series. Join over zoom to learn about the origin and history of the universe, the Cosmic Microwave Background, and how we plan to expand the frontiers of knowledge with the CMB-S4 experiment.
Organizers: Juliet Crowell and Felipe Maldonado
- April 3 — The Expansion of the Universe — Felipe Maldonado (Florida State University) and Kevin Huffenberger (Florida State University)
- April 10 — The Lambda-CDM Model — Gabriela Marques (Florida State University) and Kasey Wagoner (Princeton University)
- April 17 — The Cosmic Microwave Background — Colin Bischoff (University of Cincinnati) and Tom Crawford (University of Chicago)
- April 24 — The CMB-S4 Experiment — Cyndia Yu (Stanford University) and Tom Crawford (University of Chicago)
March 9 & 11 2021 — Frontiers of CMB Science
Tuesday March 9 at 7:30 pm EST / 6:30 pm CST / 5:30 pm MST / 4:30 pm PST
The Cosmic Microwave Background provides a snapshot of the early universe, long before the evolution of stars, galaxies, and planets. Precision measurements of the CMB over the last twenty years are the basis of our highly successful model of cosmology. The next decade of CMB research promises new discoveries in related to astrophysics, particle physics, and the origin of our universe. Four young researchers on the next-generation CMB-S4 experiment will highlight some of the most exciting frontiers in cosmology.
Thursday March 11 at 7:30 pm EST / 6:30 pm CST / 5:30 pm MST / 4:30 pm PST
The cosmic microwave background is the light released when the universe became transparent when it was about 400,000 years old. It has been traveling through the universe ever since. We have been measuring and studying it for just over 50 years, but it still has much to teach us about the universe. John Ruhl and Johanna Nagy, build the instruments that enable us to study the universe using the CMB. John is the Connecticut Professor of Physics at Case Western Reserve University. Johanna did her PhD with John, and just started her faculty job last May at Washington University in St. Louis. Join us to hear about the instruments that we use to measure the CMB, and a professor-student success story.
August 11 2020 — A Scientist Walks Into A Bar: Cosmic Microwave Background and the Origins of the Universe
Host Kate Golembiewski chats with cosmologists Renée Hložek (University of Toronto) and Kimmy Wu (University of Chicago and Stanford) about the cosmic microwave background: electromagnetic radiation left over from the beginning of the universe.