Astrophysicist Brian Schmidt's public talk Aug. 25, 2013: 'The First Stars in the Universe'

2013-08-26 by

Astrophysicist Brian P. Schmidt went to high school at Bartlett High in Anchorage after arriving here at age 13.

He went on to a very distinguished career that included sharing the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for finding evidence that the universe is expanding at an ever-faster rate.

Schmidt’s talk is titled: “The First Stars in The Universe.”

The Universe was born 13.8 billion years ago devoid of the stars, galaxies, and black holes we see today. Schmidt discusses how astronomers are in the process of uncovering the life-history of the Cosmos, learning about how the first stars in the Universe transformed cold lifeless space into the exciting world of the present.

This event was recorded in the Main Stage of the UAA Fine Arts Building on August 25, 2013.

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'The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Future' with UCLA professor Laurence C. Smith

2012-04-12 by News, Sports, and Art

Join Professor Laurence C. Smith for the Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium keynote address: “The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future.”

Smith is professor and vice-chair of geography and professor of earth and space sciences at UCLA. His research interests include topics of northern hydrology, climate change, carbon cycles and satellite remote sensing. He has published over sixty peer-reviewed articles including articles in the journals Science and Nature, and has won more than $6M in research funding from NSF and NASA. In 2011 he won the Walter P. Kistler Book Award for The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future (Plume: New York, 2011), a general-audience book synthesizing cross-cutting themes of population demographics, economic globalization, natural resource demand and climate change with particular emphasis on north countries.

For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at (907) 786-1086 or email

This podcast was recorded on April 12, 2012.

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'Emergent Art' with Brian Knep - Complex Systems Lecture Series

2012-04-02 by

Brian Knep works with cutting-edge science and technology. As the artist-in-residence at Harvard Medical School, he works side-by-side with scientists, using their tools and techniques to explore alternative ways of connecting to the world. Knep’s recent work focuses on the complexity possible with very simple rules—emergent art arising from mathematical equations of biological and chemical models of molecular interactions. His interactive installations amplify them and make them visible and accessible.

The UAA Complex Systems Lecture Series is sponsored by the UAA College of Arts and Sciences, UAA Undergraduate Research and the UAA University Honors College.

This podcast was recorded on April 2, 2012.

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Polaris Shakespeare Lecture with Barry Kraft, 'Shakespeare's Shifting POV'

2012-03-02 by

Barry Kraft recently played the title roles in “King Lear” at Southern Oregon University and in “Julius Caesar” and “King Lear” at the Marin Shakespeare Company. He has acted in all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays—more than 100 roles in 85 full productions at theatres and festivals around the country, including 20 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

He is author of “After-Dinner Shakespeare: Thy Father is a Gorbellied Codpiece” and “On the Theatrical Worth of Discarded Words” in On-Stage Studies. Kraft is also a dramaturg, an educator, an avid chess and Go player and a poetry lover.

In this lecture, he offers skillful readings of key characters from a handful of Shakespeare’s plays from his middle period, especially “The Merchant of Venice,” “King Henry V,” “Julius Caesar” and “Hamlet,” Barry Kraft will explore the enigma of why we are unable to see them all simultaneously in satisfactory focus.

The Polaris Lecture series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Forty-Ninth State Fellows Program of the University Honors College and the Polaris Society.

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University Honors College
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49th State Fellows
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Polaris Lecture Series
Program overview
Barry Kraft, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
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Network Scaling: The Growth and Behavior of Organisms and Societies, with Dr. Melanie Moses

2011-10-24 by

Scaling properties of networks that deliver energy and information within industrial societies can affect the behavior of people living in those societies. Scaling theory offers the perspective that human life spans, reproductive choices, and economic structures may be constrained by the way that energy flows through networks in modern societies.

Melanie Moses is an assistant professor in the Department of computer science at the University of New Mexico with a joint appointment to the Department of Biology. She concentrates on scaling properties of biological social and information networks, and the general rules governing the acquisition and efficiency of energy and information exchanges in complex adaptive systems.

This talk was co-sponsored by Undergraduate Research, College of Arts and Sciences and the UAA Honors College. This podcast was recorded Oct. 13, 2011.

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Melanie Moses
Bio page, University of New Mexico
Research page for Dr. Melanie Moses
UAA University Honors College
UAA Complex Systems

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