Past Public Lectures


Fall 2012  Russell Frank Astronomy Public Lecture:

“Hot on the Trail of Warm Planets Orbiting Cool Stars”

Prof. John Johnson

California Institute of Technology

7:30pm  Thursday September 27

BPB 102


Fall 2011:

Thu Dec 1, 7:30pm, BPB 102

Dr. Jonathan Gardner

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Title: “A Scientific Revolution: the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes”


Spring 2011:

Robert K. Weiss (President, X-Prize Foundation)

"Encouraging & Supporting Innovation through Competition"

1:30pm, Fri May 6, 2011 at BPB-102


Prof. Doug Lin (UC Santa Cruz / KIAA)

“The Search for Planets and Life Beyond the Solar System”

7pm, Thu March 10, 2011

Barrick Auditorium, UNLV


Spring 2010:

Apr 7: Dr. Raja Guhathakurta (UCO / Lick Observatory) 

“Our Place in the Cosmos”

(this lecture is given as part of the University Forum)


2009:  International Year of Astronomy

Fall 2009:

Sep 9: Prof. George Rhee (UNLV)

“In Search of Dark Matter”


Oct 22:  Prof. Roger Blandford (Stanford Univ.)

“Black Holes: End of Time or a New Beginning”

7:30pm, BPB-102  [Slide]


Nov 18:  Dr. Mario Livio (Space Telescope Science Institute)

“Hubble’s Top Scientific Discoveries”

7:30pm, Barrick Museum Auditorium


Spring 2009:

Feb 18: Prof. James Stone (Princeton Univ.)

“From Accreting Black Holes to Merging Galaxies: using computers to study astrophysics”  [Slide]


Mar 18: Prof. Stephen Lepp (UNLV)

“Exploding Stars: The Secrets of Supernovae”  [Slide]


Apr 15: Prof. Bing Zhang (UNLV)

“Gamma Ray Bursts: The Most Violent Explosions in the Universe”

[Slide]