Public astronomy lecture on the 'Great Cosmic Gamble' set for June 6

A public astronomy lecture by the eminent cosmologist Carlos S. Frenk, who is the Ogden professor of fundamental physics and director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, will be given on at 6 p.m. on June 6, in room 100 of the Thomas Building on Penn State's University Park campus. His talk on the origin and nature of structures in the universe is titled "Everything from Nothing: The Great Cosmic Gamble."

The presentation will include a 3D visualization of the growth of structure in the Universe. 3D glasses will be provided to audience members. His public lecture is presented by the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, the Eberly College of Science, and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State.

Frenk's research interests span cosmology, large-scale structure, galaxy formation, and supercomputer simulations of the formation of cosmic structures. Along with collaborators from all over the world, he builds model universes in state-of-the-art supercomputers, trying to understand how the structures in our universe evolved from simple beginnings to become the complex structures of the stars, galaxies and supermassive black holes that we see today. He is the lead investigator of the Virgo Consortium, an international collaboration that has carried out the most ambitious cosmological supercomputer simulations to-date, and a member of the Anglo-Australian '2dF' galaxy redshift survey project. He is also coordinator of a program for collaboration between researchers in Europe and Latin America that is part of the Alfa Regional Cooperation Programme of the European Union and Latin American countries.

Frenk received his doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge in 1981 and has served on the faculty at the University of Durham since 1985, holding the directorship of Durham's world-renowned theoretical cosmology group since 2001. Among his many honors and distinctions, he has received the George Darwin Prize of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Daniel Chalonge medal of the Observatoire de Paris, and the Wolfson Research Merit award of the Royal Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004.

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