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Dr. Adam Riess to Deliver Naval Academy's 34th Annual Michelson Lecture

  POSTED ON: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:32 AM by USNA PAO

Press Release #: 088-14

NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS:  If you wish to cover Dr. Riess’ lecture Oct. 22, please contact the USNA Public Affairs Office no later than 4 p.m., Oct. 22.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Naval Academy’s physics department invites the public to attend a lecture, Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7:15 p.m. in Mahan Hall by 2011 Nobel Laureate Dr. Adam Riess. Riess is the Thomas J. Barber Professor in Space Studies at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, a distinguished astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Riess will present, “Supernovae Reveal an Accelerating Universe” as part of the academy’s Michelson Lecture series. He will describe how his team discovered the acceleration of the universe and why understanding the nature of dark energy presents on of the greatest remaining challenges in astrophysics and cosmology.  The lecture is free of charge and no RSVP is necessary.    

The Michelson Lecture series is sponsored by the Naval Academy Class of 1969 and commemorates the achievements of Albert A. Michelson, Naval Academy graduate, instructor and the first American to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics. Since 1981, the Michelson Lecture series has brought eminent scientists to speak about their research to a mixed audience of midshipmen, faculty, and the Annapolis community.

Visitors may enter through Gate 3 (Maryland Avenue – recommended) or Gate 1 (at the intersection of King George Street and Randall Street) and will be required to show a picture ID.  All bags are subject to search. Vehicles without a Department of Defense or USNA credentialed driver or passenger are not permitted to drive onto the academy grounds. Visitors are encouraged to park at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (price to park is $5) and ride the circulator bus to the academy.  Vehicles with handicapped placards or license plates may enter through Gates 1 or 8.

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