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Unravelling the universe: Canada’s largest astronomy symposium to take place at U of T

January 24, 2011

TORONTO, ON – The Astron­o­my & Space Explo­ration Soci­ety at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is host­ing the 8th annu­al “Expand­ing Canada’s Fron­tiers” sym­po­sium. The country’s largest astron­o­my sym­po­sium takes place at 7 p.m. on Jan­u­ary 28, 2011 at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Con­vo­ca­tion Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m.

2010 was an excit­ing year in astron­o­my. Recent tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ments such as the Large Hadron Col­lid­er have allowed us to begin to crack some of the biggest mys­ter­ies of the uni­verse. Con­sid­er­ing this, the theme of this year’s ASX sym­po­sium is, “Unrav­el­ling the Uni­verse.”

Guest speak­ers this year include:

  • Dr. Alex­ei Vladimir Fil­ip­penko, from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley and one of the world’s pre­miere researchers on super­novae
  • Dr. Michel Lefeb­vre, founder of the Cana­di­an ATLAS col­lab­o­ra­tion project and recent chair of the Sub­atom­ic Physics Grant Selec­tion Com­mit­tee of the Nat­ur­al Sci­ences and Engi­neer­ing Research Coun­cil of Cana­da
  • Dr. Gilbert Hold­er, the Cana­da Research Chair in Cos­mo­log­i­cal Astro­physics and asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of physics at McGill Uni­ver­si­ty

Guest speak­ers are avail­able for inter­views upon request. Media are asked to RSVP for the event in advance.

The Astron­o­my & Space Explo­ration Soci­ety is a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion run by stu­dents at U of T. It was found­ed in 2003 and has grown to over 2100 mem­bers with the goal to edu­cate, excite and inspire stu­dents and enthu­si­asts about the won­ders of space.

WHAT: The Astron­o­my & Space Explo­ration Soci­ety at U of T hosts their 8th annu­al “Expand­ing Canada’s Fron­tiers” sym­po­sium.

WHERE: Con­vo­ca­tion Hall, U of T

WHEN: Jan­u­ary 28 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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For more infor­ma­tion, to RSVP or to arrange inter­views, please con­tact:

Dustin Bell