Willamette University’s Distilled: Pub Talk series will kick off with a talk from astrophysicist Rachel Dewey Thorsett, who will present “Distilled: Seeing the Dark with Gravitational Waves” at The Half Penny.
The talk follows the recent announcement of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics, which was awarded to three researchers behind the detection of gravitational waves using LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.
“How do you ‘see’ the dark?” asks Dewey-Thorsett. “We’ll talk about how recent Nobel Prize-winning research — based on Einstein’s century-old theory of relativity — opens a new window to the cosmos.”
Prior to becoming an affiliated scholar in Willamette’s physics department, Dewey-Thorsett taught physics and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz for 13 years. She has also worked at Cornell University, Princeton University and Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Lab, with a research focus on radio astronomy and stellar evolution. Dewey-Thorsett earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard and her doctorate from Princeton.
About Distilled: Pub Talks
Held on the first Wednesday of the month, Distilled pub talks feature scholars in an informal environment. The free presentations are geared for the public, and no background knowledge is needed. A question and answer session will follow the talk.
Just south of Madrona at 3743 Commercial St. S., The Half Penny is open to all ages until 9 p.m.