SETI bioastro: Fw: Cornell News: Bethe Lecturer

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Date: Tue Feb 19 2002 - 16:54:24 PST

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Subject: Cornell News: Bethe Lecturer

Stanford E. Woosley, expert on giant stellar explosions, to give
three talks at Cornell

FOR RELEASE: Feb. 18, 2002

Contact: David Brand
Office: 607-255-3651

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Stanford E. Woosley, an international authority on
the physics of giant stellar explosions, called supernovae, will be
the 2001-2002 Hans A. Bethe Lecturer at Cornell University,
presenting three talks in February and March.

Woosley is professor of astronomy and chair of the Department of
Astronomy at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

He will present three formal lectures, all of which will be held in
Schwartz Auditorium in Rockefeller Hall on the Cornell campus: two
physics colloquia,``Core Collapse Supernovae,'' on Feb. 25 at 4:30
p.m., and ``Type Ia Supernovae'' on March 4 at 4:30 p.m.; and a
public lecture,``Gamma-Ray Bursts: The Brightest Explosions Since the
Big Bang,'' on March 6 at 7:30 p.m. (Ia refers to one of the two
basic physical types of supernovae.)

The Bethe Lectures, established by the Cornell Department of Physics
and the College of Arts and Sciences, honor Hans A. Bethe, the John
Wendell Anderson Professor of Physics Emeritus at Cornell. Bethe won
the Nobel Prize in physics in 1967 for his description of the nuclear
processes that fuel the sun. The lectures have been given annually
since 1977.

Woosley also is a noted authority on the evolution of massive stars
toward their explosive deaths. This and supernovae are Želds of
research to which Bethe also has contributed important theoretical


The web version of this release, with accompanying photos, may be
found at

Cornell University News Service
Surge 3
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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